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H eraldA dvocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE Thursday, May 31, 2018 THE 118th Year • No. 27 • 2 70¢ Plus 5¢ Sales Tax Navy Veteran‘Luckiest Man’ A8 Cats GetSoaked B1 Schools Seek 40/60 Split For Lawmen W EATHER DATE HIGH LOW RAIN 05/2284710.1205/2389680.0005/2490690.0105/2586740.4605/2678680.3305/2785700.4605/2886740.13 Rainfall to 05/28/2018 16.90 Same period last year 6.26 Ten Year Average 49.17 Source: Univ. of Fla. Ona Research Center I NDEX Classifieds............B6 Courthouse Report.....B9Crime Blotter.........A4Hardee Living.........A8 Information Roundup..A8Obituaries............A6 By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate School officials are hoping to split the bill on the cost ofproviding armed lawmen at thecounty’s seven public schools. “The School Board is cur rently paying 40 percent andthe (Hardee County) Sheriff’sOffice is paying 60 percent,”said Bob Shayman, superin tendent of schools. “We arehoping to continue that.” Shayman was referring to an agreement between the schooldistrict and the sheriff’s officethat pre-dates the Feb. 14 mas sacre at Marjory StonemanDouglas High School in Park land in which 17 people – 14students and three staff mem bers – were killed. Hardee Senior High School, Hilltop Elementary, andHardee Junior High Schoolwere the only schools providedwith full-time school resourceofficers through the agreement prior to the Broward Countyschool shooting – the worst inFlorida history. An additional resource offi cer – paid for fully by the Cityof Wauchula – was also sta tioned at Wauchula ElementarySchool. Hardee’s remaining schools were not protected by a full-time officer and shared a re source officer that floated fromschool-to-school as needed. In the aftermath of the Park land shooting, all seven ofHardee’s public schools arenow protected by a full-timelaw enforcement officer. The move was the result of a largely unfunded state mandatethat overhauled mental health,gun, and schools laws – theMarjory Stoneman DouglasHigh School Public Safety Act. The bill – approved by the Florida Legislature in March –was signed into law by Gover nor Rick Scott and raised the minimum age for buying riflesto 21, established enhancedwaiting periods and back ground checks to purchaseguns, banned bump stocks,provided enhancements to thestate’s mental health laws, andrequired all schools to be pro tected by an armed securityforce. Growing controversy sur rounds the requirement that allschools be protected by anarmed security force. Schooldistricts have two options: trainand arm staff or contract to pro vide armed law enforcement. “’Who pays for what?’ and ‘Who is willing to pay?’ arequestions that need to be re solved,” said Paul Samuels,School Board chair. Added Shayman: “The prob lem is it is an unfunded man date.” The Florida Legislature ap propriated approximately $400million to support the imple mentation of the MarjoryStoneman Douglas PublicSafety Act. Of the funding, $97million was earmarked to besplit between the state’s 67 counties to fund the new secu rity staffing and school harden ing requirements. Hardee’s split of the security funds is funneled into the dis trict’s budget through the Safe in Schools program. Estimates released by Talla hassee, according to finance di rector Greg Harrelson, projectthe district to receive $479,185in Safe in Schools funding for the 2018-19 academic year. The projected allocation is sharply higher than the$131,725 in security fundingreceived for the current 201718 school year. The funding, Shayman said, falls far short of the cost to out fit officers and make security improvements.See LAWMENA2 RETIREES RECOGNIZED PHOTO BY TOM STAIK Retires representing several hundred years of local classroom experience were recognized last Thursday(May 24) during a reception at the regular meeting of The School Board of Hardee County. Retirees include(from l): Janice Bass, Shannyn Robertson, Donna Patterson, Phil Rasmussen, Byron Jarnigan, Yolanda Gray,and Kathy Clark. Also recognized (but not present) were: Gary Day, Alene Hagans, Cynthia Spann, PeggyChaney, Angie Hinojos, Renee Heither, and Terri Lynn Cherry. Superintendent of Schools Bob Shaymanpresided over the ceremony and provided anecdotes on the careers of the educators. “I don’t want to dothis because we are losing some great people,” Shayman said. Following the ceremony, the School Boardrecessed its meeting for cake and fellowship. COURTESY PHOTO, WWW.VA.GOV It will be a little bit cheaper to replenish and restock hurricane kits this week duringFlorida’s hurricane sales tax holiday, June 1-7. Sales Tax Holiday Makes Filling Hurricane Kits Cheaper By JOAN SEAMANOf The Herald-Advocate Still not restocked from Irma? Now is the time to get those batteries, flashlights, and evengenerators – and save money. Florida’s week-long sales tax holiday for hurricane suppliesbegins Friday and runs June 1-7, giving residents a chance tostock up on those needed. The hurricane season begins June 1 and continues throughNov. 30. Even as Floridians were drenched this Memorial Dayweekend by Subtropical StormAlberto, there is threat of morethan a dozen hurricanes. Keep ing ready for them is essentialto provide for your family andcommunity. There are many items on the hurricane tax exemption list. Perhaps most important are portable generators, at a priceof $750 or less, which can beused to provide lights or com puters, or preserve food in thelikely event of a power outage. Also needed are non-electric coolers and ice chests, which are exempt under $30. Otherunder $30 items are batteries,either rechargeable or regular,See TAX HOLIDAY A2 Hurricane Season Storm Season Opens Early 2 WPDOfficers Battered By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Two officers with the Wauchula Police Departmentwere injured May 17 after asuspect turned violent whilebeing taken into custody. “I cannot go into too much detail in reference to this as itis an active investigation, how ever we did have a call wheretwo officers along with the sub ject were involved in an alter cation,” said Lt. MichaelWhatley, assistant chief. “Thesuspect was arrested andcharged with battery on a lawenforcement officer.” Cpl. Bryanna Lott and Offi cer Estella Islas receivedmostly minor injuries – rangingfrom scrapes, abrasions, andbruises – during the altercation,according to court records onfile with the Hardee CountyClerk of Court. Both officers were treated at the scene by Hardee CountyFire Rescue and later medicallycleared at Florida HospitalWauchula. Tony Terrell Rodriguez, 25, See OFFICERS A2 By JOAN SEAMAN Of The Herald-Advocate Call him fashionably early. “Alberto” – the first named storm of the summer – made anearly appearance last week as he formed in the Gulf of Mex ico seven days before Friday’s official start of the Atlantic hur ricane season. The blustery guest brought torrential rains to the region ashe put a damper on the threeday Memorial Day weekend. A sign of storms to come? Or just a storm hungry for holiday barbecue? It is too early to tell.Yet, with memories of hurri cane Irma’s (not to forgetCharley, Francis, and Jeanne)battering of Hardee Countyfresh on the mind of residents the importance of early plan ning is ever-present. The Atlantic hurricane sea son officially begins June 1 (to morrow) and continues through Nov. 30, which can often pres ent challenges in the early fall. Many can remember the 2004 season when Wildcat Sta dium was badly damaged andthe Wildcats went through anundefeated season, all road games. “With Hurricane Irma in our rearview mirror, Hardee County Emergency Manage ment is asking residents tobeing preparing now for the2018 season. Simple actions,such as developing a family plan, being financially pre pared and being ready—notjust for hurricanes, but for anytype of disaster, is essential.There are several websites andapps that are available to assist. “A few of the biggest ways to prepare for the 2018 hurri cane season are: Have a familyemergency plan; evacuationplanning, if needed; purchasesupplies prior to when they are needed; prepare important doc uments to be protected; prepareyour home and property and See HURRICANEA3 SAO: Former Deputy Barred From Testifying By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate A Hardee County lawman has been barred from testifying on behalf of the State of Florida after allegedly providing “un truthful testimony” as he was investigated by the State Attor ney’s Office during a sexual battery inquiry. The lawman, Irvin David Cruz, has since resigned as a deputy with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, according toSheriff Arnold Lanier. “He resigned his position,” the sheriff said.Curz, and the sheriff’s office, were informed of the decision in an April 17 letter from Brian Haas, State Attorney for the10th Judicial Circuit. “As you know, this office conducted an investigation of a complaint of sexual battery against you,” Haas wrote. “OnMarch 6, 2018, you provided testimony to State Attorney’sOffice investigators regarding the sexual battery investigation.During this interview, you provided untruthful testimony onmatters significant to the investigation.” Haas continued: “The honesty and integrity of a law en forcement officer are essential in the prosecution of a crim inal case. Our office must be able to vouch for the credibility ofthe officers who testify on behalf of the State of Florida. As aresult of your untrue testimony to my investigators, this officewill no longer use you as a witness. Please keep this in mindshould you consider applying for a law enforcement position See DEPUTY A2


A2 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018 At The Herald-Advocate, we want accuracy to be a given, not just our goal. If you believe we have printedan error in fact, please call to report it. We will review theinformation, and if we find it needs correction or clarifi cation, we will do so here. To make a report, call Managing Editor Cynthia Krahl at 773-3255. Corrections Herald-Advocate H ARDEE C OUNTY ’ S H OMETOWN C OVERAGE JOAN M. SEAMAN Sports Editor Emeritus TOM STAIK Sports Editor NOEY DeSANTIAGO Production Manager DARLENE WILLIAMS Assistant Production Manager DEADLINES: Hardee Living — Thursday 5 p.m. School News & Photos — Thursday 5 p.m. Sports — Thursday 5 p.m. (Weekend Events, Monday Noon) General News — Monday 5 p.m. Ads — Tuesday Noon SUBSCRIPTIONS: Hardee County — 6 months, $21 • 1 year, $39 • 2 years, $75 Florida — 6 months, $25 • 1 year, $46 • 2 years, $87 Out of State — 6 months, $29 • 1 year, $52 • 2 years, $100 Online — 1 month, $5 • 6 months, $19 • 1 year, $37 • 2 years, $70 LETTERS: The Herald-Advocate welcomes letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be brief, and must be written in good taste, signed and include a daytime phone number. MICHAEL R. KELLY Co-Publisher and Editor JAMES R. KELLY Co-Publisher CYNTHIA M. KRAHL Managing Editor THE 115 S. Seventh Ave. • P.O. Box 338 Wauchula, FL 33873 Phone: (863) 773-3255 • Fax: (863) 773-0657 Published weekly on Thursday at Wauchula, Florida, by the HeraldAdvocate Publishing Co. Inc. Periodical Postage paid at U.S. Post Office, Wauchula, FL 33873 and additional entry office (USPS 578-780). “Postmaster,” send address changes to: The Herald-Advocate, P.O. Box 338, Wauchula, FL 33873. Kelly’s Column By Jim An extremely wet May is nearly over. –––––– Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays for reaching the .500 mark on Monday. –––––– This was a favorite piece of advice for success that the late Joe L. Davis of Wauchula had in his real estate office for manyyears. It is good advice for 2018 graduates. –––––– This is a picture of my first wild turkey gobbler shot outside the state of Florida. This was a Georgia bird taken in April. –––––– The local American Legion held a very nice Memorial Day service Monday to honor fallen American servicemen, including73 men from Hardee County (see related coverage in this issue). –––––– The watermelon harvest continues in this area of Florida. This picture shows Lazaro Rodriguez of Wimauma deliveringa load of melons Friday at the Wauchula State Farmers Market. DEPUTY Continued From A1 OFFICERS Continued From A1 with another agency.” The SAO opted not to charge Cruz following the conclusionof the sexual battery inquiry. According to Lanier, the in vestigation into the sexual bat tery complaint was initiated bythe State Attorney’s Office. “(The investigation) came through their office and theycontacted us,” Lanier said. “Wedid not conduct any criminal investigation.” At the advice of legal coun sel, Lanier said, the sheriff’soffice did not conduct an inter nal affairs inquiry during theSAO investigation but openeda review after Cruz’s resigna tion. “We did open an internal in vestigation and it has sincebeenclosed after he resigned,”Lanier said. LAWMEN Continued From A1 “I don’t want to take money that is supposed to be goinginto the classroom,” Shaymansaid. “You can’t take it fromcapital outlay funds, you canonly take from the generalfund.” School officials are antici pating using $54,100 in theSafe in Schools funds to fundsecurity hardening projects atHardee Junior High, ZolfoSprings Elementary, and NorthWauchula Elementary. The projects were included in a tentative infrastructurebudget presented to TheSchool Board at its meetingMay 24. The security proposals in clude: • Nine interior dome cam eras, four exterior bullet cam eras, and a digital video storagesystem at Hardee Junior Highfor $10,400; • Thirty-two cameras to cover the main hall and exte rior of Wauchula Elementaryfor $16,000; and • A new main gate and 14 static cameras at NorthWauchula Elementary for$27,700. Funding the projects would leave approximately $425,085to fund the expense of schoolresource officers. Sheriff Arnold Lanier told the Hardee County Board ofCounty Commissioners at a meeting in late March that heexpects the state mandate to cost an additional $300,000 an nually to arm and outfit the re quired three additional full-time resource officers. County commissioners, at that time, approved $64,000 in overtime pay to finish the cur rent school year and an addi tional $48,000 to cover theupcoming school year throughthe start of the county’s new budget on October 1. As part of the temporary so lution, deputies have beenpicking up extra shifts in orderto keep the schools covereduntil additional school resourceofficers can be trained during the summer months. Time is critical for The School Board and CountyCommission to reach a firm agreement on the cost of re source officers. The School Board’s budget year begins July 1 – months ahead of the county. “We have met with Sheriff Lanier twice,” Shayman said. “We are budgeting for 40 percent (of the cost of resourceofficers) and we will see what happens.” The school system is also planning to begin covering 40 percent of the cost of the offi cer provided by the City ofWauchula, the superintendent added. of Bowling Green, has been ar rested in connection to the inci dent on a multitude of chargesincluding two counts of batteryof a law enforcement officer. According to reports, Officer Islas and Cpl. Lott were dis patched to the 300 block ofRiver Chase Circle around 8:09a.m. to a “suspicious personcomplaint” concerning a malesubject inside a laundry roombuilding who was reportedly“acting weird by talking tohimself and possibly smokingsomething.” Twelve minutes later – at 8:21 a.m. – Islas made a franticcall “shouting for backup” onher police radio. “I could hear that patrolman Islas was in distress by the toneof her voice and heavy breath ing while shouting,” noted Of ficer Christopher Gicker, in anarrest report. Gicker arrived at the apart ment complex to find Cpt. Lottand Officer Islas “actively en gaged into a physical alterca tion” with a suspect lateridentified as Rodriguez. “I observed the male subject to continuously swing hishands and arms at both Cpl.Lott and Ptl. Islas in an attemptto strike them,” Gicker noted.“I did observe the male to strikeboth Cpt. Lott and Ptl. Islasmultiple times.” Rodriguez allegedly stopped his attack as Gicker rushed tothe aid of his fellow officers butwas still refusing to follow or ders to lay on the ground. “I ordered the male to put his hands behind his back which hedid not do so at the time,”Gicker noted. “Due to the malestill resisting, I advised Cpl.Lott to taser the male, whichshe advised he had alreadybeen tasered and it did not havean effect on him.” A deployed probe from the stun gun was found in the sus pect’s lower back following hisarrest, the report notes. The suspect, according to witness statements provided topolice, was shot by the stun gunwhile attempting to elude ap prehension by the officers in side the laundry room. Rodriguez, who was “ac tively bleeding from his fore head area”, was treated at thescene by fire rescue. The suspect was also charged with resisting an officer withviolence, and criminal mischieffor damage to offices Islas’suniform pants during the al leged altercation.He also faces drug charges ofpossession of under 20 gramsof marijuana, and possession ofdrug paraphernalia.The 0.4 grams of marijuana, ac cording to the report, werefound rolled in a cigarillo in side the laundry room. Bond of $3,750 was set dur ing a first appearance hearingon May 18. Rodriguez is next scheduled to appear in court for arraign ment before Judge Marcus J.Ezelle at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday(June 5). The suspect remains in cus tody at the Hardee County Jail. TAX HOLIDAY Continued From A1 including AAA-cell, AA-cell,C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt and 9-volt. It does not include auto mobile or boat batteries. Items at $20 or less tax ex empt include flashlights,lanterns, candles and otherportable self-powered light s-powered light sources, whetherhand-cranked, gas, solar or gas-powered. For $25 or under, onecould purchase any gas ordiesel fuel containers, includingLP gas and kerosene containers. Reusable ice, such as gel packs, are exempt up to $10.First-aid kits are exempt fromsales tax. It is recommended to obtain a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency) accessi ble radio. Radios, either two-way or weather band, whethersolar powered, or by battery orhand crank, are tax exempt up to $50. A person can get ground an chor systems, tarps, tied-downkits, bungee cords or ratchet strips, which are also tax ex empt up to $50. Added similaritems under $50 are plasticsheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other waterproof sheeting. The sales tax exemption does not apply to rentals or repairs ofthe above-listed items, and doesnot include items purchased attheme parks, airports, hotels and other public areas. Residents and businesses can sign up to receive criticalcommunications and emer gency alerts. Hardee County Emergency Management uses the Ever bridge emergency notificationsystem to alert residents abouta variety of events, rangingfrom severe weather, fires,floods and other emergencies,to more routine announce ments, such as road closuresand water utility maintenance. Messages are sent via “AlertHardee” to residents ontheir preferred contact paths-cell phones, SMS, homephone, email, fax, pager andmore-to ensure real-time ac cess to potentially lifesavinginformation. “We have a commitment to ensure public safety, commu nity awareness and emergencyresponse. To uphold this, whencritical information and publicservice announcements are available, we need to reach ourresidents as quickly and reli ably as possible,” said JillNewman, Emergency Man agement Director. Citizens and businesses are encourage to self-register AlerHardee’s registra tion portal. It only takes a minute to en roll. Users will be asked to create a profile, and select what alertsand how you want to receivethem. “The success of this service relies on you,” Newman said. “We encourage you to keep themost recent information inyour profile. Having your lat est contact information is theonly way to ensure you receivenotifications.” For information, contact the Hardee County EmergencyManagement office at 863-773-6373. ‘AlertHardee’ Helps Keeps Citizens Safe, Informed By the time you read this writing Memorial Day will have come and gone, but the families with loved ones in the militarywho have given their lives to protect our freedom it is a sad re minder of their loss. For others it is a daily reminder what warcan do to the lives of those who did make it back home. My brother served in the Vietnam War, and after all these years his health has slowly deteriorated to the point that he isunable to do anything except read or watch TV. He was exposedto agent orange while in Vietnam, and it has taken a toll on hisbody. We are so thankful to have him home with us. So manyof his friends' lives were lost over there. On a brighter note I don't know who is more excited that school is out, the great grandkids or me. I've bought seeds andbulbs for them to plant. The flower bulbs they planted last sum mer are up and blooming for the first time. Of course, the oldestis looking forward to more driving lessons. I've also purchased a hummingbird feeder with the nectar to go in it. I haven't put it up yet because I was waiting for thegirls to get out of school so they could help decide where wewould put it. I have other ideas churning around in my head like maybe a fishing trip and picnic combined. I think maybe a couple of day trips, but I'm not sure where just yet. I've also planned for those days when we can't go outside because of the weather. On those days we will continue with thesewing, embroidery and crochet lessons. I'm counting on my youngest granddaughter Georgi helping with the great-grands if we get to go on our day trips. When shewas their age I did all these things with her and her sisters, butnow that she is grown up she enjoys doing things with thegrands, who are her nieces. I consider myself a blessed granny to have grandchildren who show their love and are always willing to help any time Ineed them.Editor’s Note: Jonell Peavy lives in Avon Park and can bereached at 863-453-3589. Peavy’s Ponderings By Jonell Peavy Sugar Possum of the late Truman Thomas By JENNIFER McCONKEYHerald-Advocate Intern If you want to learn more about the beef cattle market,the Extension Office is holdingan event for you. On Thursday, June 7 from 6-8 p.m., the Beef Cattle Fi nancial Outlook 2018-19 willtake place at 507 Civic CenterDr. in Wauchula. The eveningwill include a dinner, presenta tion, and Q&A time. If you plan to go, make sure to pre-register by Friday, June1. You can pre-register by call ing the Extension Office at773-2164 or The event costs $10 per person. Those attending will receive educational materials. Thetopic will be trends in the beefcattle market and how thosetrends are expected to affectfuture prices. The speaker will be Chris Prevatt, University of FloridaInstitute of Food & Agricul tural Sciences State Beef Cat tle Economist. Beef Cattle Market Event Set For June 7 Peace River GrowersWholesale Nursery Donnis & Kathy BarberHwy. 66 EastP.O. Box 760 (863) 735-0470 Zolfo Springs, FL Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM ATTENTION SUBSCRIBERS If you are moving or changing youraddress, please let our subscriptiondepartment know as soon as possibleso your service will not be delayed. 863-773-3255


prepare for power outages, concluded Jill Newman. The Emergency Manage ment Director welcomes visi tors at the office at 401 W. Orange St. or phone calls are 773-6373. The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University predicts 14 storms this year, six of them hurricanes, and three of Category 3 or higher. Hurricanes Hurricanes named on a seven-year rotating basis, with names of well-known storms, such as Katrina and Charley, replaced with new names. This years begins with Alberto and continues through 20 more names to William. A tropical storm becomes a Category 1 hurricane when winds are between 74 and 95 miles per hour, enough to uproot small trees, damage power lines and poles. Ambulances will not travel in winds over 35-40 miles per hour, so before a storm reaches this level, its time to prepare. Category 2 has winds of 96 to 110 mph, strong enough to demolish most mobile homes. Category 3 has winds of 111 to 129 mph and can cause loss of electricity and water for several weeks. Category 4 is winds 130 to 156 mph and Category 5 is anything higher than 156 mph. Residents are urged to keep track of storms as they ap proach the islands south of Florida by TV if possible and battery-operated weather radio thereafter. It is critical for citizens to understand evacuation orders and be prepared. Everyone should know their evacuation routes and be prepared to leave. I ask that people evalu ate their homes, listen to forecasts and make the right decisions, said Newman. Shelters Everyone in a mobile home park or individual home needs to know where they are going if they are required to evacu ate. Some mobile home parks now have a shelter on the premises. For anyone else, the county opens shelters as needed. There is a medical shelter at the South Florida State Col lege on U.S. 17 North for those who have special needs for oxygen or other care. Newman reminds residents that they need to apply each year for the Special Needs Shelter. Anyone who has not done so should call her or stop by the Emer gency Center set back from the courthouse parking lot on the east side of the courthouse. The application is also available online at www.hard pecialneeds. During Irma it was two or three days before the storm that we were inundated with applications, Newman said. We would really like those now. Newman said applying for the special needs shelter makes a good New Years resolution. Applications are accepted be ginning Jan. 1. The primary shelter is Hardee Junior High/Hilltop El ementary complex. Secondary shelters are at Zolfo Springs Elementary, Bowling Green Elementary or North Wauchula Elementary. Check with the Emergency Center to see which are available at a particular time. A Shelter Kit Whether staying home (or a friends home) or going to a shelter, everyone needs a prepared kit. If staying home, a person may need to go to the county public works space and get sandbags for doors and a portable generator and fuel for it needs to be ready. Be sure not to operate a generator in door as its fumes can be fatal. Have a non-electric can opener and freeze-dried or canned foods, a mess kit or plastic utensils, a supply of garbage bags and wipes, cleanup supplies and tools, and diapers and clothing. If going to a shelter, take a pillow and blanket. A water proof kit can contain essential current medications, baby sup plies for several days, a cell phone and solar charger, and important papers (deed, will, living will, medical notes). Take a sweater in case the shelter is too cool, raincoat if going outdoors. A Family Plan Before a serious storm ap proaches, families need to have a plan to contact each other if the storm is imminent. Travel is unsafe and is limited by the time winds are over 50 mph. Be sure everyone is on the same plan so there are no worries about missing family members. If staying at home, choose a safe interior room on the ground floor of your home, so everyone knows what is ex pected. Fill the bathtub or re ceptacles with water, enough for a gallon a day per person. If going to a shelter, be sure each one knows where it is and how to get there. Designate one person responsible to gather shelter supplies for everyone. HURRICANE Continued From A1 2018 HURRICANE NAMESAlberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helena Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sara Tony Valerie WilliamIn an emergency, your pets will be even more dependent on you for their safety and well-being. Your familys dis aster plans must include your furry family members too. Learn what to do to keep your beloved pets safe. Top Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During A Disaster 1. If its not safe for you to stay in your home during an emergency, its not safe for them either. 2. Include supplies for your pet in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your pet. 3. Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not ac cept animal guests, other than service animals. Assemble An Emergency Kit For Your Pet Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily. Your kit should include: Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they cant escape. Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and a man ual can opener if you pet eats canned food. Medications and copies of medical records stored in a wa terproof container. A first aid kit. Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mis taken identity and confusion. Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your vet erinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets. Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable. Create An Emergency Plan For Your Pet The best way to protect your household from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives. Know a Safe Place To Take Your Pets If you have to evacuate your home during a disaster, the best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. If it's not safe for you to stay behind then it's not safe to leave pets behind either. Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no pet policies could be waived in an emergency. Most American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets be cause of health and safety con cerns and other considerations. Service animals that assist peo ple with disabilities are al lowed in Red Cross shelters. Know which friends, rela tives, boarding facilities, ani mal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers. Although your animals may be more comfortable to gether, be prepared to house them separately. Include your pets in evac uation drills so that they be come used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly. Make sure that your pets vaccinations are current and that all dogs and cats are wear ing collars with securely fas tened, up-to-date identification. Many pet shelters re quire proof of current vaccina tions to reduce the spread of disease. Consider having your pet microchipped by your veteri narian. Help Emergency Workers Find Your Pets The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes the types and number of pets in your household and your veterinar ian's phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets (and if time allows) write "EVACUATED" across the stickers so rescue workers dont waste time looking for them. The stickers can be ordered at Information provided by American Red Cross, www.redcross.orgPets Require Extra Storm PrepCOURTESY PHOTO, WWW.REDCROSS.ORG Emergency officials are encouraging pet owners to equip their homes with specialty pet stickers that iden tify the type and number of animals in the home. 5:24,31cThe State Assistance Infor mation Line (SAIL) is a tollfree hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regard ing an emergency or disaster sit uation impacting the State of Florida. The SAIL hotline is: 1-800342-3557. The SAIL hotline is only op erational during an emergency event; at all other times, a recorded message with general information about the hotline is available. During an emergency, the SAIL hotline is operational daily at set hours depending on the severity of the event. Please stay tuned to your local officials and/or log on to the during an emer gency event for exact hours of operation. Those persons in Florida may access information from SAIL hotline operators on how to pre pare before/during/after a hurri cane, road closures and alternate routes, available/ open shelters in host or impacted counties, shelters designed for special needs patients, hotels and mo tels that accept pets, boaters in structions for moving watercraft to safer ground, and re-entry in formation once it is safe to re turn to the affected area. Information provided by Florida Division of Emergency Management, Assistance Information Line Provides Critical Info In Emergencies May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A3 SHELTER SITES Primary Bowling Green Elementary School4530 Church Ave. Bowling Green (863) 375-2288North Wauchula Elementary School1120 N. Florida Ave. Wauchula (863) 773-2183Zolfo Springs Elementary School3215 Schoolhouse Rd. Zolfo Springs (863) 735-1221South Florida State College Hardee Campus2968 U.S. Highway 17 N. Bowling Green (863) 773-3081 (must pre-register)Hardee Junior High/ Hilltop Elementary School2401 US Hwy. 17 N. Wauchula (863) 773-2750 Secondary Special Needs 1. In 2016, the Dodgers' Julio Urias became the youngest postseason starting pitcher (20 years, 68 days old) in major-league history. Who had been the youngest one? 2. David Cone, Pedro Mar tinez and David Wells all tossed a perfect nine innings in a major-league game. Who of the three had the most career regular-season victories? 3. Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State set a new record in 2016 for most career rushing yards (6,405 yards). Whose record did he break? 4. The Vegas Knights set a record in 2017-18 for most regular-season road wins by an NHL expansion team (22). Which team had held the mark? ANSWERS 1. Bret Saberhagen was 20 years, 175 days old when he started in 1984. 2. Wells had 239 victories, Martinez 219 and Cone 194. 3. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, who rushed for 6,397 yards (1996-99, when bowl statistics were not included). 4. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, with 19 road victo ries in the 1993-94 season.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Sports QuizBy Chris Richcreek


Crime BlotterDuring the past week, sheriffs deputies and city police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests: COUNTY May 27, Anthony Rico Alvarado, 27, of 3420 U.S. 17 South, Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Cpl. Jeremy Brandeberry on a charge of violation of probation May 27, Eddie Lewis Jordan, 59, of 202 N. CR 663, Ona, was arrested by Dep. Bryant Ovalles and charged with battery with bodily harm. May 27, criminal mischief on Oxendine Road was reported. May 26, Tomas Suarez, 53, of 296 Cracker Tr., Zolfo Springs, was arrested by Cpl. Chris Albritton on a charge of fail ure to appear in court. May 26, Shawn M. Murphy, 25, of 787 Lake Branch Rd., Bowling Green, was arrested by Dep. Joseph Austin on a charge of failure to appear in court. May 26, James Raymond Richardson, 31, of 1867 Kazen Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Sgt. Todd Souther on two counts of violation of probation. May 25, Alfred Mitchell Horn, 48, of 9139 Homes Creek Rd, Smithville, Tenn., was arrested by Dep. Donny Eversole and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of New Legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and smug gling contraband into detention. May 25, Whitley Leighanne Sheffield, 28, of 132 N. Barlow Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Beth Gainous on an outof-county warrant. May 24, Gerron Harden, 31, of 3014 Skipper Pl., Lakeland, was arrested by Dep. Christopher Bandy and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drugs without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. May 24, Dustin Dell Colburn, 25, of 9461 Ramblewood Dr., Zolfo Springs, and Amy Alderman, 44, of 307 Garden Dr., Wauchula, were arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam and each charged with battery. May 24, Jerald Lee Lane, 38, of 202 Rust Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Brian LaFlam and charged with larceny petit theft. May 24, Oliver Stuart Brophy, 32, of 169 Woodstork Way, Frostproof, was arrested by Dep. Mitchell Johnson and charged with trespass on property other than a structure or conveyance. May 24, John Madison Long, 53, of 165 Roy Moore Rd., Ona, was arrested by Dep. Christopher Bandy and charged with DUI. May 24, a vehicle stolen on Crewsville Road and a theft on U.S. 17 North were reported. May 23, Ashley Leilani Campbell, 22, of 309 N. 16th Ave., Arcadia, was arrested by Dep. Kim Pfeiffer on a charge of fraudfailure to redeliver hired/leased property. May 23, Matthew Johnathan Gilliard, 45, of 106 Inglis Way, Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Christopher Bandy on an outof-county warrant. May 23, a theft on Torrey Road was reported. May 22, a vehicle was reported stolen on Keeton Road. May 21, Cynthia Zermeno, 24, of 2322 Harris Rd., Wauchula, was arrested by Dep. Joseph Austin and charged with larcenypetit theft. May 21, a vehicle stolen on Apple Blossom Lane, and thefts on Chamberlain Boulevard and on U.S. 17 North were reported. WAUCHULA May 25, criminal mischief on Louisiana Street was re ported. May 24, residential burglaries on Alabama Street and on East Oak Street, and a theft on North Ninth Avenue were re ported. May 23, a residential burglary on Amanda Lane and a theft on Orange Place were reported. May 22, Daniel Allen Jenkins, 24, of 442 Sweet Gum Pkwy, Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance. May 23, Michael Garcia, 21, of 1009 N. Ninth Ave., Wauchula, was arrested by Ofc. Christopher Gicker and charged with possession of synthetic cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and contempt of court. May 23, burglary of a conveyance on South Seventh Av enue, a vehicle on Saunders Street, and thefts on Huss Road and a different South Seventh Avenue address were reported. May 22, criminal mischief on North Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 South) and on South Sixth Avenue (U.S. 17 South) were re ported. BOWLING GREEN May 23, a theft on West Main Street was reported. May 21, a vehicle was reported stolen from Church Avenue.NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & INTENTION TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held and thereafter Ordinance Number 2018-04 will be presented to the City Commission for adoption upon the sec ond reading at City Hall, 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873, on the 11th day of June 2018, at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. A copy of the proposed Ordinance can be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, 126 South Seventh Avenue, Wauchula, Florida 33873. Any person may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance. The proposed Ordinance is entitled as follows: ORDINANCE 2018-04 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR THE 2017-2018 FISCAL YEAR PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 166.241 AND 200.065, FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to en sure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the tes timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, participation, em ployment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. s/Holly Smith HOLLY SMITH, City Clerk City of Wauchula Thomas A. Cloud 301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801 Attorney for the City of Wauchula 5:31cNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & INTENTION TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held and thereafter Ordinance Number 2018-05 will be presented to the City Commission (serving as the General Pension Board) for adoption upon the second reading at City Hall, 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873, on the 11th day of June 2018, at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. A copy of the proposed Ordinance can be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, 126 South Seventh Avenue, Wauchula, Florida 33873. Any person may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance. The proposed Ordinance is entitled as follows: ORDINANCE 2018-05 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE CITY OF WAUCHULA PENSION PLAN (THE PLAN); AMENDING ARTICLE VII, SUBSECTION (a)(5) OF THE PLAN TO PROVIDE FOR A ONE-TIME FIVE PERCENT (5%) COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to en sure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the tes timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, participation, em ployment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. s/Holly Smith HOLLY SMITH, City Clerk City of Wauchula Thomas A. Cloud 301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801 Attorney for the City of Wauchula 5:31c Notices______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 252016CA000473 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SAXON ASSET SECURITIES TRUST 2007-3, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-3, Plaintiff, VS. SAUL CASTILLO; DEBORAH CASTILLO; et al., Defendant(s). _____________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment. Final Judgment was awarded on August 30, 2017 in Civil Case No. 252016CA000473 of the Cir cuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for Hardee County, Florida, wherein, DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SAXON ASSET SECURITIES TRUST 2007-3, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-3 is the Plaintiff, and SAUL CASTILLO; DEBORAH CASTILLO; UNKNOWN TENANT 1 N/K/A EMILIO CASTILLO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS are Defendants. The Clerk of the Court, Victoria L. Rogers will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 417 West Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873 on June 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOTS 8,9 AND 10 BLOCK 37 OF THE ORIGINAL SURVEY OF THE TOWN OF BOWLING GREEN FLORIDA AS PER PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 3-29 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY FLORIDA ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on April 30, 2018. CLERK OF THE COURT Victoria L. Rogers Connie Coker Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILI TIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assis tance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or imme diately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.5:24,31c______________________________ ______________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 252013CA000470 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, vs. SEAN M. MURPHY A/K/A SEAN MURPHY, et al Defendants. _____________________________/ NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of foreclosure dated April 04, 2018, and entered in Case No. 252013CA000470 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HARDEE COUNTY, Florida, wherein JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and SEAN M. MURPHY A/K/A SEAN MURPHY, et al are Defendants, the clerk, Victoria L. Rogers, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, beginning at 11:00 AM at HARDEE County Courthouse, 417 West Main Street, 2nd Floor, outside of Room 202, Wauchula, FL 33873, in accordance with Chap ter 45, Florida Statutes, on the 6 day of June, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 5 AND ALL OF LOTS 6, 7 AND 8, BLOCK 2, SHEL TON'S SUBDIVISION, AC CORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 5, PUB LIC RECORDS OF HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an inter est in the surplus funds from the sale, if any, other than the prop erty owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at Wachula, HARDEE COUNTY, Florida, this 30 day of April, 2018. VICTORIA L. ROGERS, Clerk of said Circuit Court By: Connie Coker As Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a dis ability who needs assistance in order to participate in a program or service of the State Courts System, you should contact the Office of the Court Administrator at (863) 534-4686 (voice), (863) 534-7777 (TDD) or (800) 9558770 (Florida Relay Service), as much in advance of your court appearance or visit to the court house as possible. Please be prepared to explain your func tional limitations and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that you believe will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service.5:24,31c______________________________ NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME ACT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Name Act, Section 865.09, Florida Statutes, as amended, intends to register with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida, the fictitious name of Rocking T Guide Service under which the undersigned is engaged or will engage in business at: 1928 Dansby Rd. in the City of Wauchula, Florida 33873. That the party/parties interested in said business enterprise is/are as follows: Richard Tharpe. Dated at Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida 33873. Person authorizing publication: Richard Tharpe. Dated: May 29, 2018 5:31p2018 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR HARDEE COUNTY COMMISSION AND APPOINTED BOARDS Meetings to be held in County Commission Chambers, Room 102 Courthouse Annex, 412 W. Orange Street, Wauchula, Florida unless otherwise noted BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Regular meetings first Thursday at 8:30 a.m. & third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF Juneth at 8:30 a.m. and 21st at 6:00 p.m. Planning Session No Planning Session FAC Conference Orlando June 26th-29th ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY INDEPENDENT BOARD MONTH OF June No meeting scheduled. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOP MENT AUTH. Meets on second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. MONTH OF Juneth PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD meets first Thursday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF June 07th CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD Meets on the second Monday night of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Building Department Conference Room 401 West Main Street MONTH OF Juneth COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD Meets first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. MONTH OF June 04th LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD Friends of Library meets on first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Library in Annex II MONTH OF June 05th HOUSING AUTHORITY Meets quarterly on the third Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 701 LaPlaya Drive Wauchula MONTH OF June No meeting scheduled HARDEE COUNTY INDIGENT HEALTH CARE BOARD Usually meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. MONTH OF June 19th This is a Disabled-Accessible facility. Any disabled person needing to make special arrangements should contact the County Commissioners office at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public meet ing. This notice is published in compliance with Florida Statutes 286.0105. Interested parties may appear at the public meeting and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the members, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 5:31nc Herald-Advocate Hardee Countys Hometown CoveragePRINTERS PUBLISHERSTelephone (863) 773-3255www.TheHeraldAdvocate.comThe A4 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


5:31c 5:24,31c South Florida State College (SFSC) is now of fering two of its information technology pro grams online: the Associate in Science (A.S.) inNetworking Systems Technology and the Col lege Credit Certificate in Network Security. Fallterm classes at SFSC begin on Friday, Aug. 17. Network security is a high-demand, special ized field of computer networking. In a wiredworld where sensitive information is transmittedover internal networks and the internet, networksecurity specialists maintain hardware and soft ware, monitor networks for unauthorized access,vulnerabilities, and attacks, and implement poli cies and procedures that protect networks fromhacking. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that jobs for networkand computer systems administrators will growby 28 percent through 2020, faster than the av erage for all occupations. With the Associate in Science (A.S.) in Net work Systems Technology, graduates will earn60 college credits in approximately two years.Students become proficient in basic and ad vanced concepts of network operation, supportand security. They learn concepts, theory andhand-on laboratory skills that can be used in theworkplace. In as little as one year, graduates of the Net work Security program will earn 30 hours ofcollege credit and receive the tools and training they need to pursue the CompTIA A+, Comp TIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ indus try certifications. If a graduate chooses tocontinue in their studies, the 30 college creditscan be applied toward the A.S. in Network Sys tems Technology. The SFSC Welcome Center on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park accepts walk-in registra tions Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.,and Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can also reg ister at the DeSoto Campus in Arcadia, theHardee Campus in Bowling Green and at theLake Placid Center in Lake Placid. Returning students can register and pay for classes through the college portal, Panther Cen tral. New students can apply for admission to thecollege by clicking the “Apply Now” button atthe top of SFSC’s homepage at southflorida.eduwhere class schedules are also available. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about financial assistanceand scholarships, contact the SFSC FinancialAid Office at 863-784-7134. For further infor mation about registration, call 863-453-6661(Highlands Campus), 773-3081 (Hardee Cam pus), 993-1757 (DeSoto Campus), or 465-3003(Lake Placid Center). For more information about the information technology programs, contact Brian Bohlman at863-784-7443 or visit the SFSC website SFSC Offers Information Technology Programs Online Hiring Assistant Manager On Hold there.” Albritton said he would pre fer any additional money thisyear go towards increasingpersonnel services for existingemployees, whom he said“have been quite shorted overthe years.” He felt the 2019-2020 budget year would be a “moreappropriate time” to add a newposition. Albritton said the decision of hiring an assistant manageris totally under the prevue ofthe commissioners and he hasnothing to do with the decisionor who would be hired. The new EDA board is also expected to focus on fundingmunicipal infrastructure proj ects and move away from giv ing grants to businesses. That move should greatly reduce the workload of re viewing financial documentsfrom the various grant recipi ents, Albritton said. Commissioner Mike Thompson agreed with Albrit ton that maybe this year wasnot the proper time to add theposition. “Priority wise from a finan cial standpoint I’m not surethis is the time to do it,” hesaid. “Also now that we are themajority of the EDA board(five of nine votes), I don’twant it perceived that now thatwe have our hands on thismoney that we are going tostart funding county posi tions.” Thompson concluded by stating he would like to hire anassistant county manager butfelt the board had a couple ofyears before it had to be done. Commissioner Sue Birge said the board has to consider what would happen “if some thing happens to Lex or he re tires.” “We need someone that can shadow Lex over every depart ment,” she said. “We havesome departments that appar ently need some great atten tion. I think we should havethem over specific depart ments.” Birge expressed her dis pleasure with the constantturnover with the HardeeCounty Fire Rescue assistantchief position. “I don’t know what’s going on out there but it’s a revolvingdoor,” she said. Knight said he wanted the board to discuss the issueagain a year from now beforethe 2019-2020 budget processbegins. Chairman Russell Melendy said he always believes suc cession planning is a goodidea. “We need someone in place that is up to speed with what’sgoing on,” he said. “It couldalso take a very long time toget that person in place.” Scensing the consensus of the board, he said it was agood discussion and it wouldbe brought up again. In the meantime, he jok ingly encouraged Albritton toeat healthy. By MICHAEL KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate Commissioners all seem to agree that hiring an assistantcounty manager is a good idea,but an expected tight upcom ing budget year will delay thedecision by at least a year. Commissioner Rick Knight floated the idea earlier thismonth during an EconomicDevelopment Authority(EDA) meeting, thinking a po tential assistant county man ager could also take over andmanage the administrativefunctions of the economic de velopment board. “I think this (EDA board change) made it the perfect op portunity to bring this up. Ihave been concerned aboutthis since I have been on theboard (since 2011),” he said.“We need someone in placethat can step into Lex’s shoeswhen he retires and they couldtake over the responsibility onmanaging the EDA.” Albritton was hired in 2001 as the assistant county man ager under Gary Oden, who re tired shortly afterwards.Albritton was then promotedto county manager. Knight said Albritton was also put in charge of oversee ing the EDA during that time. Albritton said he has not de cided on when he will retire,adding he still has a child inhigh school and is not planningon it anytime soon. “I have a strong staff in place and do not worry aboutthe county operating in my ab sence,” he said. “An assistantmanager would require a sig nificant salary and our finan cial condition is not great. Idon’t think the money is When I was in college, I got a hankering to learn to fly. Thecost was not out of reach backthen. I would sneak away fromcampus down to the BessemerAirport and get an hour of in struction for $35. Good pilots know how to focus. I can still hear the voiceof my flight instructor Tomtelling me on final approach,“Airspeed! Outside! Airspeed! Outside!” He was trying todrill into my head that whenyou land, keep looking at yourairspeed and keep looking atyour target – the runway. Youneed reference points. I was not a good pilot. I don’t have ADHD on the ground, butI did in the air. There were toomany interesting things to see:houses, farms, other planes,roads, birds, sky – it was all soamazing. I would be lookingaround at amazing sights whileTom was shouting, “Airspeed!Outside!” Beginning pilots are VFR: Visual Flight Rules. Thismeans you fly only when youhave space to see between theclouds and ground. You can getan IFR rating: InstrumentFlight Rules. When you havethis rating, you can fly intoclouds or through fog, but yourely on your instruments to tellyou where you are. Tom explained in vivid detail what would happen if a begin ning pilot like me flew into acloud: You would get disori ented. Unless you relied onyour instruments, you wouldbegin to think up was downand down was up. I thoughtTom was making this up, buthe told me we rely more on vi sual references than we think. I think all flight instructors have a book of horror stories totell their students. Tom pro ceeded to tell me about a doctorwho only had a VFR rating,butwas over-confident. He tookoff under marginal VFR condi tions traveling cross country.Conditions worsened. He gotdisoriented. He flew his Bo nanza straight into the ground,killing him. When you have 10 hours of flight time under your belt, thatkind of story makes a point.During the few years I flew, Iavoided marginal conditions atall costs. Tom’s voice rang inmy memory, “In the burnedwreckage, they found him withthe yoke pushed all the way in.The only explanation: Hethought he was headed up, when he was really headeddown.” Jesus gives us the same warning. The most dangeroussin of all, the unforgivable sin,he said, was to believe that evilwas good and good was evil.When you are spiritually dis oriented, you fly your life intodestruction. Even Christians accept this line of reasoning too often. Webelieve an explosion of ourtemper will solve our prob lems. We believe we can stealand cheat and never get caught.We believe we can control ourspouses or our children. We be lieve our way is better thanGod’s. We wind up flying ourlives right into the ground. The only way to stop this is to check your reference points.“Airspeed! Outside!” can bechanged to “Worship! Bible!Prayer!” Jesus followers be lieve worship matters becauseit is a reminder of true reality,God’s reality, God’s Kingdom.That’s why being in church toworship matters. Bible knowledge is not just so you can win Bible Trivia; itis so you have a guide to ulti mate truth. Prayer is daily con versation with God so you canstay in touch with His reality.What are your referencepoints? When do you cross the line to the unforgivable sin? Whenyou no longer check your ref erence points. When your heartis so disoriented you believewhat is evil is good for you andwhat is good for you is evil. This is what happened to Pharaoh in the Book of Exo dus. He got disoriented. De spite overw h elming evidence, despite the advice of his owncabinet, he would not seethings God’s way. He flew hisarmy, his nation, and his ownlife right into ground. Knowing reality, knowing up from down, knowing goodfrom evil – it’s the most impor tant skill of life. Are you flying up? Or down? Are You Flying Up? Or Down? In Other ActionZS Town Commission The Zolfo Springs Town Com mission considered the follow ing items during its 15-minutemeeting on May 22. Commis sioners Dierdre White, SaraSchofield, Rod Cannon andGuadalupe Deleon were pres ent. —heard a fair housing pub lic hearing and workshop. Thecommissioners voted to applyfor a Small Cities CommunityDevelopment Block Grant ofup to $700,000 from theFlorida Department of Eco nomic Opportunity to be usedfor Neighborhood Revitaliza tion. Fair housing outlawshousing discrimination basedon: race, color, national origin,religion, sex, handicap (disabil ity) or familial status. —approved the engineering services agreement from Mit tauer & Associates for watersystem improvements and lift station rehabilitation. —received the accounts payable sheet showing monthly payments. —accepted the meeting minutes from Apr 24. —accepted the monthly sheriff’s report for April, show ing 13 offenses handled, 42 re quests for information and 9tickets issued, one being a DUI. —accepted the water and waste/water and transportation monthly report. The next Zolfo Springs TownCommission meeting will beTuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Building at Pi oneer Park. DON’T BE A VICTIM, BE A SURVIVOR RAPE CRISIS LINE 1 (888) 956 7273 or 863-413-2707 May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A5


Because We Care...Superior Service Guaranteed Lowest CostAfter all, we are a family just like yours. We know what it feels like to lose someone you love. View Obits at robartsfuneralhome.com529 West Main Street Wauchula, Florida33873 863-773-9773 5:31c PLAN AHEAD Remember Youre not doing This for yourself, Youre doing this for Youre family.Ponger-Kays-Grady205 N. 9th Ave., Wauchula, FL.(863) 773-6400 5:31c In Loving Memory E E L L I I Z Z A A B B E E T T H H A A N N N N S S T T E E P P H H E E N N S S Elizabeth Ann Stephens, 71, of Wauchula, died at Good Shepherd Hospice, in Lakeland, on Sunday, May 27, 2018. She was born in Arcadia, on June 18, 1946, and was a lifelong Hardee County resident. She was a member of the Dry Prairie Baptist Church and had worked for Annette Travel as a travel agent. Survivors include: three sons, Raymond Cary Stephens, of Savannah, Ga., Kent Stephens (wife Linda), of Lakeland, and Brent Stephens (wife Michelle), of Bowling Green; and six grandchildren, Ciara Laine Dickinson, Holly Page Stephens, Cassidy Brooke Stephens, Trey Stephens, Jake Stephens, and Brek Stephens. Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m., at Robarts Garden Chapel with Pastor Darin Canary officiating. Expressions of comfort may be made at FamilyFUNERAL HOME WAUCHULAProvided as a courtesy of Robarts Family Funeral Home Obituaries Protect The Vulnerable Report Elder Abuse or Neglect1 (800) 962 2873 CITY OF WAUCHULA NOTICE TO THE PUBLICThe City Commission of the City of Wauchula will hold the regular sched uled workshop Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as it rea sonably can be held. The agenda can be viewed at The meetings will be held at the Commission Chambers located at 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL 33873. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record in cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy in volves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, partic ipation, employment or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. CITY OF WAUCHULA S/ Richard K. Nadaskay Jr. Mayor ATTEST S/Holly Smith City Clerk 5:31c Strawberries The Perfect Summer Fruit Strawberries have been considered a tasty and nutritious treat for hundreds of years. Nu tritional experts believe that strawberries are as close as you can get to a perfect fruit. They're low in calories (27 in 100g) and fat-free, but packed with nutrients, including vita mins and antioxidants that bring numerous health benefits. Eating just five strawberries gives you more vitamin C than an orange. The vitamin content in strawberries drops quickly, so you need to eat them as soon as you can after they've been picked. The strawberry got its name from the common practice of growing berries under straw to protect them from winter cold and late spring frosts. A member of the rose family, the strawberry sometimes gives off a rose-like aroma. Many speculate about how the luscious fruit was discovered. It is known that the strawberry goes as far back as the Romans, and perhaps even the Greeks. The strawberry plant was originally grown in Northern Europe, but wild species also are found in Russia, Chile and North America. At one time, wild strawberries grew every where from Canada to the Car olinas and westward beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Before modern refrigeration, a day of "strawberring" meant a long day of picking, followed by gorging on delicious straw berry treats pies, tarts, short cake and all the ripe strawberries the family could consume. Berries that were not eaten were preserved as jam, jelly, sauce, strawberry vinegar and strawberry tonic, a medicinal drink. The remaining berries were dried on flat rocks for several days. These dried berries would be used throughout the fall and winter in breads, cakes, puddings and porridge. The first American species of strawberry was cultivated in about 1835. Today, the straw berry is the leading small fruit crop in the U.S. It is farmed from Florida to Alaska, with the largest strawberry growing centers located in California and Florida. When picking or buying packages of strawberries, look for ripe, shiny and brilliantly colored berries without any soft or brown patches. Never buy strawberries that are green or hard, or that look dry, dull or wrinkled. When buying berries packed in a basket, check the bottom to see if there is a juice stain. This means that the strawberries at the bottom are crushed. Always dispose of any berries that have signs of mildew or are rotten, as they'll contaminate the rest. Refriger ating strawberries ruins the fla vor, and the strawberry aroma is easily picked up by other foods in the refrigerator. Store the berries in a cool place. Strawberries should be lightly rinsed, not washed, before serving, and eaten as soon as possible. This recipe for Strawberry Flower Cups is an easy way to serve fresh berries as a dessert or to use as a beautiful decoration. The strawberries are cut to resemble flower petals then stuffed with sweetened cream cheese. It's a cool, delicious way to showcase these beautiful berries! STRAWBERRY FLOWER CUPS 32 fresh, whole strawberries, large 12 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 tablespoons semisweet or milk chocolate, grated 1. Lightly rinse the straw berries and gently place them in a colander to drain. Cut a thin slice from the stem end of each strawberry to create a base so that the berries will stand upright on the flattened end. Place the berries, cut side down, on a cutting board. Care fully cut each berry into 4 wedges, but do not cut through the bottom. Use your finger to gently press down in the center of the berry so that the wedges fan out just slightly, taking care not to break the berries apart. Set the berries aside. 2. Using a small mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in half of the grated chocolate. Use a teaspoon, a plastic sandwich bag with a small hole cut into the end or a decorating bag with decorative tip to fill the berries with the cream-cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remain ing grated chocolate over each berry. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes about 32 filled strawberries. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's au thor, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is "The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook." Her website is To see howto videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permis sion from Angela Shelf Medearis.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf MedearisKitchenDivaBy Angela Shelf Medearis 1. Is the book of Lot in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Judges 3, who was the left-handed Benjamite who killed Eglon? Geshem, Agag, Ehud, Joram 3. How many beasts rising out of the sea did Daniel have a dream about? 4, 7, 13, 20 4. What king wanted to see miracles when the arrested Jesus was before him? Pilate, Shishak, Herod, Solomon 5. From Judges 1:6, what king had his thumbs and toes cut off? David, Adoni-Bezek, Josiah, Herod 6. Whose biblical name means "messenger"? Aaron, Moses, Samuel, Malachi ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Ehud; 3) 4; 4) Herod; 5) Adoni-Bezek; 6) Malachi Comments? More Trivia? Visit 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Bible TriviaBy Wilson Casey Dear Editor: My earliest days at Zolfo Elementary ... my mother had taken me to see the superintendent Mr. Blackman who told me there was a need for a second grade teacher there. I said, "I'll take it." The children seemed to be so young. I was given 18 second graders and 27 third graders. Miss Ruth Southerland, the county supervisor of elementary education, al most had a "conniption" when she saw this. She told the princi pal Mr. Sapp this just would not do. The third graders were given to someone else (I don't remem ber who). I had the 18 second graders for the rest of the year. I kept improving in my ability to teach with the help of teach ers who had been teaching for a number of years. There were a number of us who needed to continue going to college to in crease our knowledge to improve our teaching ability and to earn our degree. I finally received my college degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland in 1952. I taught the second grade with Mrs. Hazel Gebhart. One year she would teach those children who were more mature than oth ers, and I would teach those children who were not quite ready for second grade. The next year we would switch. Mrs. Marylan Mizell from Arcadia came to Hardee County in the capacity of Special Education Supervisor. There were a num ber of us teachers throughout the county who were working in Special Education classrooms. It was along about this time that Miss Ruth Southerland and Mrs. Marita McLendon called me out of my Special Education class and asked me if I would like to join Delta Kappa Gamma which is an honorary group of education teachers. I said yes. They then called Miss Marianne Spears out of her third grade class and asked her. She was very happy to have been asked and said yes. The DKG group were meeting in Avon Park at the motel where the replica of a big bull was. (That motel was where CVS is located now.) I do not remember the date that this occurred, but it was a few Saturdays after we had snow in Hardee and Highlands counties. The children enjoyed playing in the snow and making snowmen. It was a vey joyous time. This was a very unusual and joyous time for all of us. We have had numerous cool days since but not like those. Enjoy the days ahead and may they be happy and rememberal! Below is a message "To A Special Teacher" from Hallmark Cards Inc. "If you're convinced that lessons are appealing and do your best to help each student learn, if you can give and give and keep on feeling their success rewards you in return, if you believe there is no greater pleasure than doing exactly what you do, then you're a student's greatest lifelong treasure A teacher who is special through and through." Roxie Bentley WauchulaLetter To The Editor Teaching Children Is A 'Special' Occupation YOUR BUSINESS COULD APPEAR HERE TOO!! Contact Nancy Davis, Kim Reas or Trayce Daniels At The HONEY-SOY-GLAZED SALMON WITH PEPPERS This sweet 'n' sticky Asian glaze would taste equally delicious on chicken or grilled veggies. 2 large peppers, seeded and thinly sliced 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 fillets salmon (5 ounces each) 3 cups cooked brown rice Fresh basil, for garnish 1. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss peppers with onion, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and salt. Roast in 425 F oven 20 minutes or until tender. 2. In 2-quart baking dish, whisk soy sauce, honey, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, ginger and black pepper; add salmon turning to coat. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. 3. Serve salmon with pepper mixture and cooked brown rice. Garnish with fresh basil. Serves 4.(c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved Recipes FromGood Housekeeping A6 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


Hilltop Elementary Recognizes Super Lions COURTESY PHOTOS Hilltop Elementary awarded its fourth-quarter superb students with the rank of SuperLions. The kindergarteners who earned that title were (front, from left) Abel Lopez-Martinez, Yareli Carreno, Larissa North and Robert Ribaudo; (back, from left) ReneGonzalez, Aaron Salgado, Rolaina Ellis and Alivia George. First-graders who showed Super Lion traits were (front, from left) Hayden Breton,Nevaeh Alvarado, Aaliyah Martinez and Carlos Aleman; (back, fr om left) Ryleigh Coronado, Mayra SanJuan, Yahaira Silvano and Rosabella Cruz. Super second-graders were (front, from left) Angel Santiago-Padlla, Esrella Lopez,Jenifer Salvador and Brianna Santos; (back, from left) Gabriel Sotelo, Elizabeth Gar cia, Morgan McLeod, Mathew Albritton, Yareli Pascual-Bautista and Jorge Ro driguez. The outstanding third-grade Super Lions were (front, from left) Rocio Encarnacion,Lucila Rendon and Geovani Paz-Santiago; (back, from left) Karina Rodiguez, Lisset Mejia and Carolina Rojas. Not pictured: Joshua Gannon. Fourth-graders who earned the right to be called Super Lions were (from left) Re becca Aviles, Jose Rodriguez, Mi'Kayla Silva, Nicolas Roig and Mayra Zurita-Mar tinez. Not pictured: Wendy Juarez-Morales. Finishing the year strong in the fifth-grade were (front, from left) David Cruz andOscar Nulles; (back, from left) Catherine Douglas, Ana Shehadah-Darnott, Alejandro Cardenas and Annie Roig. GATORHEATING& AIRCONDITIONINGREFRIGERATION& ICEMACHINES THINK GREEN • SAVEENERGY• SAVE MONEY 863-832-3399LOCALLYOWNEDSALEONALLNEWUNITS Call For Service Today • All Makes Call For Service Today • All Makes Goodman –A Member of Daikin Group Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1000 company with more than 49,000 employees worldwide, making it the number one residential and commercial HVAC manufacturer in the world. Daikan is engaged primarily in the development, manufacture, sales and aftermarket support of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, refrigerants and other chemicals, as well as oil hydraulic products. Licensed & Insured CAC 1815095 5:31c HARDEE COUNTY FOOD PANTRIES Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries 113 N 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-5717 Requirements: Identification, Social Security cardWhen: Wednesday ONLY | 10 am – 12 noon Bowling Green Church of God 121 W. Broward Bowling Green, FL 33834Tele: 863-375-2231 Requirements: Identification When: 3rd Saturday of the month | 8 am –noon Cutting Edge Food Ministry 3059 Elm Street Zolfo Springs, FL 33890Tele: 863-773-2484 Requirements: Identification When: Tuesday & Friday 10 am – noon & 1 – 3 pm First United Methodist Church of Wauchula 207 N. 7th Ave Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-4267 Requirements: ID & Physical address (Light Bill, Lease etc.)When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month1:00 –3:00 pm (first come, first serve) Other Program: Bagged Lunch M, W, F 8 am –12 pm for pre-school age kids & adults.Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner:5:30 –6:30 pmHardee Help Center 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-0034 Requirements: Application with proof of hardshipPrograms: Emergency & Homelessness AssistanceFor more information, Contact the HardeeHelp CenterSt. Michael’s Catholic Church Food Pantry 408 Heard Bridge Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873Tele: 863-773-4089 Requirements: Identification or Light Bill When: Every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00 am Rev. 12/19/2017 • If we recycled all newspa pers, we could save over 250million trees each and everyyear. May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate A7


–H ARDEE L IVING – I Can Help! Neck pain • Back pain Headaches • hip pain Sciatica / leg Shoulder / arm / wrist pain Muscle pain Arthritis Chronic or Acute pain Auto injuries 863-473-4732 Medicare & Most Insurance Accepted Hours: Monday Friday • 8:30 am 6:00 pm Saturday and earlier or later appointments always available by request. Dr. Maria Carlton, DC Carlton Care Chiropractic C C h h i i r r o o p p r r a a c c t t i i c c • • L L a a s s e e r r • • M M u u s s c c u u l l a a r r T T h h e e r r a a p p y y • • D D i i g g i i t t a a l l X X R R a a y y 105 South 9th Avenue • Wauchula, FL 33873 (Corner of Main & 9th Avenue) soc5:31c Loyd Lankford Considers Himself 'Luckiest Man' By JIM KELLYOf The Herald-Advocate Loyd (Lank) Lankford, 86, served four years in the U.S.Navy during the Korean Con flict which lasted from 1950 to1953. He was in Naval aviationand participated in 13 missionsover Korea to locate enemyradar stations. Both of his wives are de ceased. He married MarieJensen from Muskegon, Mich., where they lived and raised afamily. He retired in 1993 aftera career as a small electricalcontractor. Lankford grew up in Fitzger ald, Ga., until age 16. The townwas named after a Yankee(Union) soldier from Indianawho moved there after the CivilWar and built a town. There isa Lee Grant Hotel on the northside and streets named afternorthern trees and rivers. On the south side are street namedfor southern trees and rivers. He has lost both legs to poor blood circulation. He had ablood clot behind each kneefrom aneurysms. The right legwas removed in 2012 and theleft leg in July 2017. He spends winters at Crystal Lake Village in Wauchula andsummers in Muskegon, Mich. His caregiver Anita Albert and her late husband Don Al bert owned and flew a four-passenger, single-engineCessna 182. She got her pilot'slicense in 1971. Lank and Anita knew each other and were neighbors atCrystal Lake Village. She re tired as a private music teacher(piano and organ) and is the or ganist at the Methodist Churchin Zolfo Springs. He said, "One Sunday I was bummed out and called her onthe phone and asked if shewanted to go on a ride. She saidyes." Lankford is not for war un less absolutely necessary. "TheAmerican people need to rec ognize that war is about killingpeople. If you are not willing toindiscriminately kill people,you need to stay out of war." In addition to losing both legs he has had four types ofcancer and in 2016 had a heartvalve replacement. His cancertypes were Hodgkin's (lym phoma), prostate, skin, andtongue. "I smoked cigarettes allmy life. My tongue has beenoperated on six times." Anita said Lankford is "strong, smart, independent,and loves country, bluegrassand gospel music." Lankford says, "I am the luckiest man in the world. Godhas been good to me. He hasgiven me some grief, but Hehas taken care of me. The bestthing He has done for me is togive me Anita. Without her Iwould at least be in an assistedliving facility." PHOTO BY JIM KELLY Loyd (Lank) Lankford and his special caregiver AnitaAlbert. Dear Editor: I hope that this finds its way to someone who actually caresabout Hardee County. I have used the Gardner ramp frequently during thepast few months. Each timethat I go there, I get more andmore angry and frustrated withthe condition of the place.There is trash everywhere. Itliterally overflows from someof the bluffs overlooking thePeace River into the river it self. There is broken glass every where. I have seen everythingfrom glass liquor bottles toused needles and used diapers.There are tires and other autoparts scattered about. In the river itself, I have ar rived in the early morning tofind wake boards, beach ballsand various other pool-type,floating toys scattered amongstthe snags along the banks. If you walk the vehicle trails you can clearly see where peo ple have defecated behindtrees and in the brush. Theydon't even bother to bury it. Insome cases there is underwearleft behind as well. I could goon and on and on. This abuse is being commit ted overwhelmingly by locals.That is my firm belief. I haveseen the parties and gatheringsthere on the weekends. Whilenot all of them are at fault, Isee very few doing anythingabout it. I can only imagine what people from other states orcountries must think whenthey see how such a beautifulplace is treated. I have noticed several fac tors that contribute to the prob lem: 1. The single trash con tainer (a small, inadequatedumpster) located there has alarge hole in the bottom where it has rusted through. Animals are pulling out the garbage andscattering it. I believe that noone is taking the trash situationseriously because HardeeCounty doesn't take it seri ously. There are no recyclingcontainers at all and most ofthe litter is recyclable. 2. Enforcement. There is no enforcement of the postedrules and regulations which aresupposed to be "strictly en forced" by the Hardee CountySherriff's Department. 3. Hardee County Parks and Recreation should be main taining this facility in somefashion, and they are not. It isnot only unclean but unsafeand unhealthy. 4. There are no restroom fa cilities whatsoever. The solutions to these fac tors are obvious: 1. Replace the present dumpster with a larger, animal proof (bear), container. Recy cling bins should also be addedand should also be animalproof. 2. The Hardee County Sherriff's Department shouldbe made to enforce the postedrules and regulations that it hasstated it will enforce. 3. & 4. Hardee County must keep this area safe andclean. This should include in stalling portable restrooms. Thank you for your attention and time. Michael StrasbaughFort Myers Editor’s Note: The 5-acre par cel containing the Gardnerboat ramp was donated toHardee County last Octoberafter it was discovered theproperty was actually ownedby Mosaic. The property, lo cated at the end of River Road,has been used by the public fordecades. Commissioners voted3-2 to accept the property withColon Lambert, Russell Me lendy and Mike Thompson vot ing in favor of it while SueBirge and Rick Knight wereopposed. Letter To The Editor Gardner Boat Ramp Trash Is A Disgrace COURTESY PHOTOS These two pictures were taken at the Gardner boatramp on Peace River in early May. 4-City News By Henrietta Benson 448-6737 Greater Macedonia Primi tive Baptist Church celebratedits 71st church anniversary onMay 18 at Mt. Carmel P. B.Church with Pastor EmmanuelReed and Elder James E.Haughbrook. The AnniversaryMemorial Tribute was inmemory of two Elders, nineDeacons, 21 Brothers, 15Mothers and 15 Sisters. Bishop Joe Halham and First Lady Debra are enjoyinga road trip to Myrtle Beach,S.C. Mary McCray will be hav ing surgery; do keep theBelcher and Pollock familiesin prayer. A graduation party honored cousins LaKeisha Lemain andJaKevis Brown on May 19.The graduation service at thechurch, New Life Power Out reach, 725 Palmetto St., Bowl ing Green, was Last Sunday. Honors go to Treasure Camel for receiving the Presi dential Award, best effort inmath and science, highest av erage in Language Arts andSocial Studies, All A’s duringthroughout her three years at Hardee Junior High. She willbe a freshman next year.Splendid work, Treasure, con tinue working to achieve yourgoals. On Wednesday, May 23, Leonard McGill’s 69th birth day, he enjoyed the day off andgot some needed rest. Riviere Lemaine of Kendall, N. Y., flew home aftervisiting granddaughterLaKeisha Lemaine’s gradua tion Saturday morning. Rivierealso visited friends in BowlingGreen and Wauchula, anddaughter Keresha and husbandin Orlando. Helen T. Bell was honored Sunday for her 80th birthdaycelebration with family andfriends. Samantha Baker of Okla homa left Wednesday after vis iting in Bowling Green withher mother Barbara Baker andfamily. Youth Day at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Churchwill be June 10. The African Methodist Episcopal West Coast Confer ence W.M.S. banquet will beSaturday in Tampa. The Family Portrait Day by Life Touch Photography willbe Saturday at St. John A.M.E.Church beginning at noon.Please see Sister Carolyn Fulseto schedule the time for yourphotos. The St. John A.M.E. Church 3rd quarterly confer ence will be Sunday at 11 a.m. Let us remember the sick and shut-ins in our prayers. Roundup Football Signups Set For Saturday Final registration for Pop Warner Youth Football willbe Saturday (June 2) from9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the foot ball building behind the oldHardee Junior High com plex. Someone Will Listen RUNAWAY HOTLINE 1-800-621-4000 or 1-800-786-2929 5:31c THE HARDEE COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BRINGS IN REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES Meet the Candidates — the Republican Primary Is Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Tuesday June 5 6:00 p.m. State Senator Greg Steube, Candidate for U.S. Congress Meetings Are Held At Riverview Heights Missionary Baptist Church 1321 SR 636 (East Main Street), Wauchula LOOK FOR UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE If you are not a registered Republican you will not be eligible to vote in the Republican Primary. Make Your Vote Count Register With The Party That Best Reflects Your Political Views and Values For more info call Sue Birge, Chair, at 863-781-3536 or visit us on facebook @ Hardee Republicans A8 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


H ARDEE L IVING soc5:31c Union Baptist Church 5076 Lily Church Rd. Ona 33865130th HomecomingS S u u n n d d a a y y , J J u u n n e e 3 3 10 a.m. Living Vessels sings 11 a.m.Guest SpeakerDwaine WillisDinner on the grounds will follow.Everyone Invited!soc5:31c Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church 8251 Crewsville Rd., CrewsvilleVacation Bible SchoolMonday, June 4thruFriday, June 8 5-7 pm* Dinner served at 5pm soc5:24,31cDon't Miss This!"Great Controversy" Bible Series Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.Seventh-Day Adventist Church 440 Carlton Street, Wauchula soc5:17-6:7p Fort Green NewsBy Rilla Cooper 773-6710 Greetings from Fort Green. The paper this week will ac tually be dated May 31, and that is my husbands birthday. Happy birthday wishes are ex tended to Sherman. Our sincere sympathy is ex tended to the family of Willa Belle Moseley Tubbs who made her final journey some time back. She had been in Tennessee with her daughter due to health problems. If you dont recognize the name, years ago they had a fish mar ket and you could get good fresh mullet and they would clean them for you. Those days are a thing of the past for Wauchula but are sure missed. Willa Belle was Shermans cousin. She will be missed. If you missed the sing at Fort Green last Friday, you missed a good time. The music was extra special, and meal be fore delicious. Everyone in at tendance sure seemed to have a good time. Sherman was talking to Patsy Hughes and come to find out she was born in Brighton and was growing up there when Sherman was a cowboy down there. They knew a lot of the same people and sure enjoyed talking about them. We do live in a small world. There are a lot of sick peo ple. Mary Samuels is in the Lakeland Hospital. Helen Albritton and Hinton Shack elford are in the local hospital. Kenny Lambert is in and out of Moffitt. Please pray for these and others you may know about and that we do not know. I had to change the news as I had typed to pray for Ann Stephens as she was very sick and in Tampa Hospital but found out at church last Sun day night that she had made her final journey. My sincerest sympathy is extended to her family. Ann will be missed and I certainly liked her as did so many others. She was always ready to help those in need. I have found a good remedy to remove the love bugs from your windshield. I keep a spray bottle of household ammonia on my front porch for the ugly white frogs. The other day, I didnt have time to get all the material out to clean the windshield so I just sprayed with the household ammonia, threw some clean water on and turned on the wipers. Wind shield was very clean. I found out the exact people who brought those delicious watermelons to the church and it was Robbie Abbott and Kyle Braxton. They have a big melon field, and, with all this rain, I sure hope they are able to continue picking and sell ing. The ones they brought to church were delicious. The other day I watched a bird take a bath and enjoy drinking water in the birdbath. Another bird was sitting on the lattice around my flower gar den patiently waiting its turn. When the first bird left the water the second bird flew over and proceeded with his drink and bath. It is amazing to watch hour Gods creatures are sometimes more polite than some of the human creations. Our crowd at church was way down and I am hoping it was just the weather and not because we are without a per manent pastor. Dwayne Willis preached last Sunday and he is one fantastic preacher. Some of the time he reminded me of Scott Roper but it did not mat ter that he went over a few minutes. There are very few and far between preachers that are good enough you do not mind how long they preach. My niece and nephew from Macon, Ga., came down for the big birthday celebration. I told my sister-in-law that if she lived to 100 and I was still here, I, and all of us, would give her a big party like the one I gave myself when I turned 60 complete with a band. I hope we both make it and I will have to get Lee Chancey to get his band ready. There was a good article about Dr. Palmer in last weeks paper. Hopefully, everyone re membered the reason for the Memorial Day celebration and took a minute to thank the ones who gave their lives so that we can all be free to pursue what ever we want to do. Last date to remember, but Vacation Bible School begins this Thursday at Fort Green at 5:30 p.m. for supper and then classes and should end around 8:30 and the same schedule for Friday. Saturday it will begin at 10 a.m., and end sometime after lunch. Family night is Sunday. Everyone is encour aged to attend and if you attend Fort Green regularly and do not have a job, just show up and I feel sure they will find something for you to do. Please pray for one another and our nation. In recognition of the interna tional Bike Travel Weekend, Highlands Hammock State Park is holding a Bike & Hike event Saturday. The is free entry on a One-Day Pass to bi cycling club members and park visitors who bring their bikes in vehicle and bike the Loop Road or extended bike path. The invitation is to families with children who are just learning to bike as well as avid cyclists. The bike ride can in clude an option for a picnic or barbecue and leisurely walks on park trails. Bicycles are not allowed on hiking trails and are limited to bike paths and roadways. Park entry fees of $6 per ve hicle of up to 8 people, $4 per single occupant vehicle and $2 per person who bike of walk into the park will be waived on Saturday. For more information, call 1-800-755-2453.Highlands Hammock Holds Bike EventCrewsville Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School June 4-8, with a theme of Mighty Fortress, In Jesus the Victory is Won. The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. nightly with dinner served at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to join with the teach ers and students at the church at 8251 Crewsville Rd., Crewsville. Limestone Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School June 3 -8 from 6 to 8 each night, for ages birth to adult. The Jungle River Adventure is a ride on the current to Gods Perfect Plan. Join the students and staff at the underwater adventure, an exciting and interactive learn ing experience at the church at 4868 Keystone Ave., Lime stone. To register a child or for more information, call the church at 494-3818, Pam Bishop at 494-3928 or Bill Iverson at 494-4248. The deadline for Church News submissions is Thursday at 5 for the next edition. Church News DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I disagree with what you wrote about buying a license and tags for cats that stay indoors. Requiring a license for indoor cats is such a government scam. It's just another dirty local tax to burden the people with like the little fees on our phone bills! I love my country, but these hidden taxes aren't right. Tim in Lancaster, Ohio DEAR TIM: I know how frustrating it can be to pay additional fees for many things, especially when prices are ris ing for products like gasoline. But I also stand by my original article. Even indoor cats need routine vaccinations and, if mandated, license tags. Even the best pet owner in the world can be impacted by unforeseen events. Say a natural disaster hits, like a tornado or a mudslide something with little or no warning. In the chaos, pets can and will escape to a safer place. For example, during a recent house fire in my community, firefighters rushed in to save the homeowner, who was trapped with her dog in a back bedroom. They were able to get her to safety, unhurt. However, she lost her hold on the dog, who ran into the woods, terri fied. It took a few days of searching before it was found and matched back to its owner thanks to his license tags and microchip. Vaccinating and licensing in door pets is a comparatively low-cost way to improve pets' chances of staying healthy and being quickly reunited with their owners should they es cape. While it's good for citi zens to be aware of and question different taxes and fees, this is one fee that is worth the price. Send your questions, tips or comments to 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Paws CornerBy Sam Mazzotta Dont Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM If YouSeeSomethingSaySomething Report Suspicious Activity1 (855) Fla Safe 1(855)3527233 Summer Fun at Bowl-of-Fun LanesSuperBowlin Kids ClubPlay AND Learn! Bowl ONLY 8 Weeks and Every Bowler Gets A New Bowling Ball! Starts Soon! 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5:31c By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate The first round of results from the 2018 Florida Stan dards Assessment were re leased last week by the FloridaDepartment of Education, andthe news is good for HardeeCounty. According to the results, the county’s third grade studentsare on par with the state aver age of students passing the an nual reading assessment. “I’m really proud of every body,” said Bob Shayman, su perintendent of schools. According to DOE figures, fifty-seven percent of the 407third graders tested in Hardeepassed the assessment with ascore of 3 or higher. The assessment is scored on a scale of 1-through-5. Students scoring 3-through5 pass. Students scoring 1-through2 fail. It is the first time in the his tory of the assessment thatHardee County has matchedthe state average. “We have never done this well,” Shayman said. In fact, Hardee County’s score was higher than any sur rounding county and everyschool district in the six-county Heartland EducationConsortium. Pass rates from surrounding counties are striking: PolkCounty, 51 percent; ManateeCounty, 49 percent; Hillsbor ough County, 53 percent;Pinellas County, 53. In the Heartland Education Consortium, OkeechobeeCounty had 53 percent of stu dents pass; Glades County had55 percent of students pass;Hendry County had 44 percentof students pass; and High lands County (also a neighbor ing county) had 48 percentpass. Neighboring DeSoto County – a fellow member dis trict in the Consortium -wasthe lowest performing schooldistrict in the entire state withonly 29 percent of its 482 stu dents passing. The scores werea decline from 2017 when 31percent of the 456 thirdgraders tested passed. Wauchula Elementary was the top performing local school with 67 percent of its106 third grade students pass ing. It was also the school withthe highest number of students– 7 percent – receiving a topscore of 5. Hilltop Elementary was sec ond in the local results with 62percent of its 53 third graderspassing. Bowling Green Elementary had 56 percent of its 70 thirdgraders pass, and NorthWauchula Elementary had 54percent of its 84 third graderspass. Zolfo Springs Elementary was the lowest performing ofthe local schools with 48 per cent of its 94 third grade stu dents passing. The highest performing dis trict in the state was theFlorida State University LabSchool where 83 percent of the215 students passed the assess ment. Last year, Hardee County saw 55 percent of the 477 stu dents tested pass. “These are amazing results,” the superintendent added. “Aterrific way in which to startthe summer break.” Hardee’s 3rd Grade Reading Scores On Par With State COURTESY IMAGE Hardee and surrounding counties. NEW RIDE COURTESY PHOTO Carmelina Baquiax was the fortunate winner of a Huffy girl’s bike in a drawing atZolfo Springs Elementary School recently. GOOD DRAW COURTESY PHOTO Students at Zolfo Springs Elementary School were ableto use their Cat Cash for a drawing for a scooter.Kindergartener Luis Vargas seems pleased with hiswinning scooter. 1. How did the 1976 hit "Moonlight Feels Right" fi nally get airplay? 2. Which singer-songwriter had a hit with "Shake YouDown"? 3. Ry Cooder is best known for which instrument? 4. Name the song that con tains this lyric: "After manytears fall from your eyes, Athousand times you ask your self why the one guy you lovehas departed, You're left aloneand broken-hearted." ANSWERS: 1. The band Starbuck per sonally delivered copies of therecord to 400 radio stations.One finally played it monthslater, thereby launching thesong up the charts. 2. Gregory Abbott, in 1986. The song did well around theglobe. 3. The slide guitar. Con sider: "Feelin' Bad Blues." 4. "That's the Way Love Is," first by the Isley Brothers in1967 and then Marvin Gaye in1969. It was Gaye's versionthat became the major hit,likely because producers tookthe up-tempo original versionand slowed it down. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Flash Back By Chris Richcreek R EMEMBER T HAT S PECIAL M OMENT Photos of graduating seniors on stage receiving their diplomas are now available for purchase. Get a CD with the graduation diploma photo of your senior. $10 plus tax (Cash or check — No credit cards please) Use the CD to make as many copies of the photo you may need. (Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) Come by The Herald-Advocate office and place your order today! 115 S. 7th Ave., Wauchula • 773-3255 5:24-6:28nc • Driving fact: With as little as half an inch of water on the road, tires have to displace a gallon of water per second to keepthe rubber meeting the road. Drivers should reduce their speedto correspond with the amount of water on the roadway. A10 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


By TOM STAIKOf The Herald-Advocate Mother Nature just didn’t want the Lady Wildcats toplay. It has been a rain-soaked roller coaster ride since HardeeSenior High School’s varsitysoftball squad earned a returntrip to the Florida’s HighSchool Athletic Association’s(FHSAA) Class 5A State Soft ball Tournament. Torrential rains prompted state athletic officials to cancelHardee’s first round matchagainst the Panthers of CoralSprings Charter School onMay 17. The postponement, until the afternoon of May 19, broughtadded drama: seven seniors onthe team were scheduled tograduate that morning inWauchula. Two options were quickly developed to allow MakaylaBenavidez, Alayna Carranco,Deborah Figueroa, MalloryGough, Destinee Jackson,Alexis McBride, and MarisaRodriguez to wear their capsand gowns and play ball, too. The first option called for the seniors to stay in Wauchulafor the 9 a.m. commencementand load a van after receivingtheir diplomas in hopes ofmaking a 1:35 p.m. game. Option two called for the seniors to receive their diplo mas during the school’s prac tice ceremony on Fridaymorning and then leave forVero. “All seven senior choose for Option 2,” Bliss said. “Thisdecision was not easy and thededication and sacrifice eachof these young ladies have given has not gone unnoticed.” The impromptu special planning, though, proved allfor naught the student-athletesgraduated with their class ascontinued rains prompted thestart of the tournament to bepushed back yet again to May22. The weather, though, contin ued to have other plans. The fields at Historic Dodgertown were a muddymess as the 9:50 a.m. play timeneared. Grounds crewmen used hand pumps to attempt to draininfields of more than an inchof standing water while otherworkers spread kitty litter intothe outfield. Two fields were eventually opened as the rains began tofall, but Hardee’s match con tinued to be delayed. Five successive delays fol lowed that day – as the teamwaited nearby in full uniform– before the match wasrescheduled to the next morn ing, May 23, at 8:30 a.m. The rain may have stopped long enough to play but therewill be no parade this year forthe Lady Wildcats. The ladies in orange and blue from Hardee Senior HighSchool were bounced from theopening round of the tourna ment by the then three-timedefending Class 5A softballchampions. The Panthers of Coral Springs Charter School wereon the winning end of the 7-1early morning game. Coral Springs took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the firstinning.See LADY ‘CATS B3 VARSITY SOFTBALL Herald-AdvocateThursday, May 31, 2018 B THE PHOTOS BY TOM STAIK Ashlee Patterson is safe at third base. Lillian Salazar makes a throw from the outfield. Sarah Carlton makes contact with the ball. Alayna Carranco held the mound all seven innings for the Lady Wildcats. Lillian Salazar, Ashlee Patterson, and Makayla Benavidez turn to the flag as the Na tional Anthem is played.


Zolfo Springs Names Cool Cats COURTESY PHOTOS Zolfo Springs Elementary is recognizing outstanding fourth-quarter students by giv ing them the title of Cool Cats. Kindergarteners in the Cool Cat crowd were (front,from left) Dayana Ramos-Ruiz, Ariel Garza, Ana Selgado, Luis Vargas, Dallas Gon salez and Ilian Molina-Navarro; (back, from left) Yoselin Juarez, Josefina Rincon-Gomez, George McCallum, Thalia Cinto-Naranjo and Willow Lambert. The fantastic first-grade Cool Cats were (front, from left) Mateo Villagran, OliviaRivera, Denise Reyes-Silva, Joaquin Ramos-Martinez, Bobby Lowe and Ryleigh Plumley; (back, from left) Rosario Torres-Hernandez, Brooke Holt, Alianna Es camilla-Cortez, Jerriona “Jaylee” Williams, Maria Hernandez-Lopez and Joanathon Cortez. Showing their Cool Cat qualities in the second-grade were (front, from left) RJ Lowe,Juan Castillo, Dwight Rogers, Rosalind Graham and Veronica Flores; (back, fromleft) Marisol Martinez-Bautista, Kristabel Avila, Jeremiah Solano, Gaspar Marcos andAaron Ybarra. Third-graders who excelled this quarter were (front, from left) Pepper Graham, EddieJohnson, Brody Prescott, Camila Solorio and Joseph Garcia; (back, from left) Sheryl Grice, Jillian Blake, Gabriel Hasler, Jordan Greene and Caydence Smith. Earning the Cool Cat title in the fourth-grade were (front, from left) Rey Gutierrez,Elizabeth Arista, Elena Sanchez, Eduardo Mata-Flores and Ximena Anselmo; (back,from left) Callie Howell, Manuel Avalos, Haley Ramos, Eric Ramos and Lanie How ell. Fifth-graders with Cool Cat character were (front, from left) Russell Bryant, LynnzeeKersey, Chase Bryant, Isidro Villagran, Christopher Beckham and Jovanny Avila;(back, from left) Jaelyn Rodgers, Gracyn Thomas, Sara Teuton and Adrielis Navarro. 5:31c O PEN 24 H OURS 526 N. 6th Ave (Across from Nicholas Restaurant) 112 W. Palmetto Open: 7 days (Yellow bldg. behind old carwash) NEW MACHINES • CLEAN • A/C 2 LOCATIONS 24 hr. Customer Service 877-394-0173 2:8tfc Don’t Be Left Out!HARDEE LIVING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY AT 5 PM B2 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


Crews used hand pumps and brooms to try to rid play ing fields of standing water on May 22. With no end insight for the rain, Hardee’s game that day was eventu ally cancelled. Ashlee Patterson makes the throw for the Wildcats. Ladies in defeat, the Wildcats congratulate the winners from Coral Springs Charter. Ashlee Patterson waits for the hit from second base. Trinity Herr prepares to lead off from first base. Alayna Carranco and Destinee Jackson stand with coach Caitlin Bliss for the cointoss. The Panthers continued topush forward in the top of thesecond inning as a homer ofthe left field fence broughttheir lead to 2-0. Three more Panther runs came in the top of the fifth asCoral Springs pulled awaywith a 5-0 lead. Hardee’s offense showed signs of life in the bottom ofthe fifth. Trinity Herr singled on a fly ball to left field to open the ef fort. Makayla Benavidez fol lowed with a ground ball andreached first safe as Herr wascaught advancing to second.Ashlee Patterson then knockeda ground ball and reached onan error as Benavidez ad vanced to second. A groundball to left field off the bat ofSarah Carlton would leave thebases loaded. Then walked Destinee Jack son – Hardee’s leading home run slugger – to the plate. With a 2-1 count and bases loaded, Jackson swung for thefence. The ball sailed deep before falling just short of the 220foot fence line into the waitinghands of Panther outfielder. Jackson’s sacrifice fly pro vided Hardee with its only runof the game as Benavidezcrossed home plate to cutCoral Springs’s lead to 5-1. The final two runs for Coral Springs came in the top of theseventh, bringing the score to7-1, before Hardee went three-and-out in the bottom of the in ning. Hardee recorded one run and four hits during 26 at bats. Carlton had two hits and Amari DeLeon and Herr eachhad one hit. Benavidezrecorded the only run. Alayna Carranco held the mound for the Wildcatsthrough all seven innings asshe threw 93 pitches, allowedseven hits and seven runs, andstruck out two batters. LADY ‘CATS Continued From B1 R EMEMBER T HAT S PECIAL M OMENT Photos of graduating seniors on stage receiving their diplomas are now available for purchase. Get a CD with the graduation diploma photo of your senior. $10 plus tax (Cash or check — No credit cards please) Use the CD to make as many copies of the photo you may need. (Mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) Come by The Herald-Advocate office and place your order today! 115 S. 7th Ave. • Wauchula • 773-3255 5:24-6:28nc Heartland Pharmacy “We put our into our service” DON’T LET YOUR INSURANCE CHOOSE YOUR PHARMACY, CALL US! We take all Rx Insurance including Medicare Part D, Tricare, Express Scripts, Medco, CVS Caremark, Medicaid, & Many More. Free Delivery • Fast & Friendly Service Certified Mastectomy Fitter Certified Diabetic Shoes Fitter Medical Equipment & Supplies 116 Heartland Way • Wauchula • (863) 767-8920 Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm • Saturday 9 am to 1 pm5:31c 5:31c May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B3 HAIRSALON773-5665116 Carlton St. • Wauchula Hours: Tuesday Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-3 5:31c


Below is the speech given byCounty Commissioner SueBirge, who served as thekeynote speaker during theAmerican Legion MemorialDay service. Thank you to the American Legion for the opportunity tospeak with you on this 2018Memorial Day as we pauseand remember our fallen he roes. I am deeply honored tostand with you, commemorat ing the sacrifices of those mil itary men and women whohave laid down their lives inservice for this nation. But I also want to begin by recognizing all those among uswho have been part of the greatbrother and sisterhood we callthe US Military – our veterans.It is your service and your sac rifice that has kept our countrysafe and free. No matter whatbranch you served in, whetherpeace time or war time, nomatter your job path now orhow many years you served,raising your hand and commit ting yourself to service in themilitary was a brave and self less act. We thank those whohave served and those whocontinue to serve so Americacan sleep peacefully at night.You knew the risks but youchose to serve anyway. Thankyou! We’re here today to honor our heroes, to remember theirachievements, their courage,and their dedication and tohonor their sacrifices made inhonor of duty, honor and coun try. The service members we honor today came from allwalks of life but they sharedseveral fundamental qualities.They possessed courage, pride,determination, selflessness, in tegrity and dedication to duty– all the qualities needed toserve a cause much larger thanone’s self. They didn’t go to war be cause they loved fighting.They were called to be part ofsomething bigger than them selves. They were ordinarypeople who responded in ex traordinary ways in extremeand difficult times. These menand women rose to the nation’scall because they wanted toprotect and defend a nationwhich has given them – us – somuch. They are indisputablyheroes. When the countrycalled – they answered and they served faithfully and tothe fullest. We reflect on the men and women who so bravely riskedlife and limbs in the face ofgrave danger on distant battle fields. We remember thosewho left the comforts of homeand families to fight for us andour freedom. Some volun teered, others were voluntold.Some never returned. Somenever came back to trade thetitle of soldier, sailor, airman,coast guardsman or marine forveteran. It is commendable ina nation where so few amongour citizens have donned theuniform and accepted the in herent risks. This alone makesthem heroes worth remem brance. We honor their servicetoday. It matters not how much time has passed – no words ofcondolence can adequatelyconsole a survivor’s grief. Andwhile grief from loss maychange throughout the years –it never leaves us. For some of our veterans, we are unable to pay our re spects at a final resting place.There are still more than82,000 military personnelmissing in action since WorldWar II. We will never forgetthem and their ultimate sacri fice. The cost of war – the price of freedom. This past August, the illfated USS Indianapolis was fi nally discovered, more than 70years after being torpedoed bya Japanese submarine. On July30, 1945, the ship sank in just12 minutes. Of the 1,195 crewonboard, approximately 300went down with the ship. Theremaining sailors and Marinesfaced exposure, dehydration,saltwater poisoning, deliriumand shark attacks while float ing in the Philippine Sea withfew lifeboats, preservers, foodor water. The Navy didn’t learn of the sinking ship until survivorswere spotted four days later bya flight crew on routine patrol.As a result, there were only316 surviving Marines andsailors. The families of thoselost onboard the USS Indi anapolis received a small senseof closure last year when theship was found. While servicemembers and their families un derstand and accept the risksthey take by volunteering to serve our great nation, nothingcan fully prepare a family forthat knock on the door.Whether it’s war at sea, in theair or boots on the ground,families have lost loved onesthat changed their lives for ever.” It’s important to never forget the military profession can bea dangerous job. Just lastmonth, here in the states, threeaviation crashes in the separatestates resulted in seven fatali ties: four Marines, 2 soldiersand an Air Force Thunderbirdpilot. I know each of you un derstand that this news is morethan just passing news. It is atragic loss of life and we honorthose lives cut short in serviceto our country. We understandthat to recognize their serviceand sacrifice, it to ensure ourheroes are never forgotten andthat their actions stay alive inour memories. Of the million-plus men and women who have died inAmerican military service, thevast majority are “everydayheroes.” They are brothers andsisters who fought alongside ofyou, who have left unfillableholes in families, communitiesand hearts across this greatcounty. Their friendships, theirbravery and their commitmentto duty will never be lost orforgotten. We realize it’s the cost of war—the price of freedom. As many of you in this room know, I help organize and ampart of the Rotary FreedomFlight. Rotary has just com pleted our 8th trip to D.C. tak ing our veterans to see theirmemorials. Many of you inthis room have gone with us;others will go in the future. It’ssobering to stand at the WWIImemorial in front of the wallwith gold stars, each one rep resenting 100 Americans whodied during the war. This cal culates to more than 400,000American military men andwomen that lost their lives orremain missing. American his tory teaches us that WWII wasthe deadliest and bloodiest wasin history. All gave some, somegave all. The cost of war—the price offreedom. The battle of Iwo Jima started on Feb. 19, 1945, whenapproximately 70,000 Marinesinvaded the small Pacific is land, which was still under the control of the Japanese Army.The island was a strategic ob jective due to its airfield whichwas used for kamikaze attacks.By capturing the island, the Al lied forces would not only pre vent attacks from the island,but it would also give them abase where the Japanese main land could be reached by B-29bombers. One of the first objectives in the attack was capturingMount Suribachi, the highestpoint on the island. On Febru ary 23, the mountain was al most secured and a smallAmerican flag was raised atopthe mountain. Later that day amuch larger flag was raised by5 Marines and a Navy corps man. The Battle of Iwo Jimawas one of the bloodiest in thewar with more than 6,800American casualties. Of the sixsoldiers shown at the Iwo Jimamemorial, only three survivedthe war. The other three werekilled during further battle atIwo Jima. The cost of war—the price of freedom. As we visit the Korean War Memorial with the reflectingwall and stainless steel statuesrepresenting a platoon on pa trol from all branches of themilitary, dressed in full combatgear and dispersed thru a ter rain of juniper bushes repre senting the rugged terrain ofKorea. The sculpture capturedthe look of fear, anxiety, des peration but determination onthe faces of the statues. ThePentagon in the annual publi cation of service and casualtiesin major wars has the Koreanbattle losses at 36,914. The cost of war—the price of freedom. There is a nationwide cam paign underway to recognizeveterans in conjunction withthe 50th anniversary of theVietnam War. The DisabledAmerican Veterans are playingan active role in honoring theveterans who served during theterrible time with a humblethank you, from a nation hon oring their service. Nearly60,000 men and women willnever receive that token of ap preciation and genuine thanks.As of Memorial Day least year,58,318 names line the VietnamMemorial Wall in WashingtonD.C., which remains a strikingreminder of the cost of war—the price of freedom. American Legion Held Memorial Day Service PHOTOS BY JIM KELLY Ernest Ziglar is post commander of American LegionHerger Williams Post No. 2 in Wauchula. HergerWilliams is the first Hardee County serviceman reported killed in World War I. Jimmy Dickens was part of the Honor Guard who pre sented the colors (flags). Mike Rouse led the singing of the National Anthem.About 110 people attended the Memorial Day service Monday at 11 a.m. at the local American Legion. Riverview Heights Missionary Baptist Church PastorJim Harris gave the invocation. Bob White was part of the Honor Guard who presentedthe colors. Post Chaplain Marlene Hyde gave the benediction. Inbackground is Post Commander Ernest Ziglar. County Commissioner and Hardee Republican Com mittee Chair Sue Birge presented the main address, en titled "The Cost of War. The Price of Freedom." Even though there are not yet memorials built for these he roes, but no less significant, letus not forget the men andwomen who served our countryin other conflicts since Viet nam. The Gulf War,Afghanistan, Iraq War andmany other conflicts. The cost of war—the price of freedom. As we visited memorials this year with our veterans, I said toCol. John Gill, many who passby these memorials have noclue of the sacrifices that havebeen made but many of you inthis room do. I would now like to share a poem written in 1989 by High lands County resident andWWII veteran Charles H. Wig gins, Navy Seaman First Class. What Old Glory Means To Me That Grand Old Flag wav ing proud Is beautiful to see But what a price that has been paid To keep it high and free It’s the cherished symbol of the land We all love and hold so dear It’s the banner we all looked to When our hearts were full of fear It’s what bound us all to gether In those dark days of the war It’s what brave men fought and died for On some far and distant shore It’s a constant reminder As it streams atop the mast That we must honor and protect it Or our freedom will not last It’s our beloved America Waving there for all to see Its total sum of Our Great Land That’s what Old Glory means to me As we go about our Memo rial Day today, I would askthat you keep the fallen inyour minds and their familiesand friends in your hearts, forit is their immense collectivesacrifices and yours that havehelped keep our country safe and free. As long as we con tinue to honor them with ouractions and remember theirsacrifices, they will never beforgotten and we will neverforget the cost of war—the price of freedom. God bless you all and may god bless, keep and protect the United States of America. B4 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


Mike Rouse and Ernest Ziglar shared the Roll Call of the Honored Dead, the namesand branch of service of the 73 Hardee County servicemen who died during WorldWar I, WW II, Korea and Vietnam. Sue Birge and Ernest Ziglar placed a wreath in front of the monument honoring the 73 Hardee County servicemen who died in wartime. Part of the crowd who gathered at the monument following the service inside theLegion building on West Palmetto Street in Wauchula between Seventh Avenue and U.S. 17 Southbound. Sue Birge and Marlene Hyde with wreath at the monument. Marlene's brother Fred erick Dale Rickels was killed in the Vietnam Conflict. Col. John Gill is a local physician's assistant and med ical director of the Rotary Club-sponsored FreedomFlights for service veterans to visit Washington, D.C.A place setting honored those who were Prisoners ofWar/Missing In Action. 5:31c May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B5


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Con tact Adam, 863-673-0206. 5:31-6:7p MAINTENANCE FOR RV PARK, apply in person at Pioneer Creek RV Resort, 138 East Broward St., Bowling Green, FL. 863-3754343. 5:10-6:7p Help Wanted Furniture Automotive Agriculture LOCAL NURSERY W holesaler looking for experienced gooseneck or 5th-wheel drivers for pickups and deliveries throughout Central Florida. Candidate must have valid, clean drivers license. Part-time and permanent part-time positions available. Please send all pertinent information to P.O. Box 785, Wauchula, FL 33873. 5:10-6:7p HIRING! LABORERS 18 or Older. M-F, 8-5, Mill Production Manager, mechanic skills re quired. 863-735-1361, Florida Fence Post Company, 5251 SR64, Ona. 5:10-31c BIKE REPAIR, 10-3 Thursday. Heaven Sent. Send resume 5:3-31c LEARN TO DRIVE A TRUCK! Get your Commercial Driver's Li cense today at South Florida State College. Scholarships available to eligible participants. 863-784-7033. 3:1-9:20p MECHANIC NEEDED. MUST have own tools. Apply in person at BG Small Engine, 4702 US Hwy. 17 N., BG. 12:21tfc HAVE YOU LOST A PET? Con tact animal control in Bowling Green at 863-375-2255 to see if we have your cat or dog. We also have pets for adoption. 4:16dh/tfc Lost/Found Help Wanted LOST: GERMAN SHEPARD, Oct. Ona area. Ansers to Scout, 863-832-1792. 5:17-6:14p JET3 POWERCHAIR, Like new with new batteries, never used outside, barley used at all. $700 cash. 863-473-1259. 5:10-6:7p 2012 YAMMAHA V-STAR 1300, 25,000 miles, $5,500. Call 863832-0073. 5:31p ADOPT A PET! If you have lost a pet or are looking for a new one, the City of Wauchula invites you to come and see if you can find the pet youre looking for. The Wauchula Animal Control is lo cated at 685 Airport Road. Please call 863-773-3265 for more information. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 828.29 requires that all cats and dogs sold in Florida be at least 8 weeks old, have an official health certificate, have neces sary shots and be free of para sites. tfc-dh Pets Motorcycles Miscellaneous Lost/Found FOR SALE 1996 COACHMAN RV, Class C, 64,000 miles, 863445-0227. 5:24,31p ZOLFO SPRINGS, LARGE fam ily, over 3,000 sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, $1,000 per month, first and last month plus $500 security deposit, credit references re quired. No pets. Call 863-7814144, leave message. 5:27p 2 RESTAURANTS, SALVAGE yard, beer tavern, storefronts, pasture, 863-773-6616, 863-4450915 4:26-5:24p ATTENTION! The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits advertis ing any preference or limitation based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or the intention to make such a preference or limitation. Familial status in cludes children under 18 living with parents or guardians and pregnant women. tfc-dh MOWING SERVICE & P ressure washing. Perseverance Property Services. 863-781-0593. 5:3-31p CANCER SURVIVOR MEETING Wednesday at the new hospital. Go through maintenance. For more information call Billy 239821-4184. 4:12tfcdh Services Rentals Recreational Vehicles S S C C H H O O O O L L B B U U S S M M E E C C H H A A N N I I C C W W A A N N T T E E D D CONTACT HARDEE COUNTY SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT 1277 W. MAIN ST. WAUCHULA, FL 33873 (863) 773-4754Monday Thursday 6:30 am 4:30 pm cl5:24,31cPURCHASING DIRECTORPAY RATE: $48,254.83 ($23.20/hr.) $66,519.82 ($31.98/hr.)Hardee County Purchasing Department. Responsible for Administrative and supervisory work. Coordinates purchasing of supplies, materials and equipment. Prepares bid specifications and invitations to bid. Directs and supervises the County-wide purchasing policies and procedures. Position requires a 4-year degree in Management, Public/Business Administration or a re lated field. 5-years experience with governmental pur chasing procedures and inventory control. NIGP Public Procurement Certification preferred. Complete job description and Application Forms posted on the County website: Applications accepted in the Human Resources Department, 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873. (863) 773-2161. Open until filled. EOE F/M/V. cl5:31cFREE ESTIMATES By Hour or ContractH. KIKER Tree Surgery 40 Years Full Time Service INSURED863-453-4942 863-453-4272 Cell: 863-664-9091 Tree Trimming Tree Removal Stump Grinding3601 E. Ramsey Way Avon Park, FL 33825cl5:4tfc REGISTRARResponsible for the operation and supervision of the Admis sions, Registration, and Records Office. Master's degree and five or more years of recent employment experience in a post-secondary educational institution required. Experience working with student records, registration, and computer systems required. Experience with Ellucian Banner software strongly preferred. Experience in the development and design of computer systems as related to Student Services functions helpful. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Application review begins: June 30, 2018. Please visit for applica tion and other detailed requirements.SFSC IS AN EQUAL ACCESS/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION cl5:31,6:7c 600 West College Drive Avon Park, FL 33825 (863) 784-7132 ROBERTS cl5:10-31cLight Medium Heavy TowingLow Boy ServicesLOCKOUTS TIRE CHANGES LICENSED AND INSUREDROBERTS TOWING375-4068 or 781-8195 24 Hours REVELLAUTOSALES BUYHEREPAYHERE8 86 63 3-3 37 75 5-4 41 11 13 3After Hours Call:Travis Revell Sandra Miller863-245-0383 863-781-45775220 Hwy 17N Bowling Green(across from BP)Se Habla EspaolWE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS cl5:17tfc $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF FA An ny y V Ve eh hi ic cl le e I In n S St to oc ck k! !M Mu us st t P Pr re es se en nt t C Co ou up po on n( (o on ne e c co ou up po on n p pe er r c cu us st to om me er r) ) $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF F $ $5 50 00 0 O OF FF F HARDEE CO. BOCC PUBLIC WORKS DIVISION Senior Mechanic (FL BCDL) $15.74-$21.70/hr. Equipment Operator (FL DL) $11.13-$15.35/hr. General Maintenance Mechanic (FL DL) $13.52$18.64/hr. Equipment Operator/Spotter (FL "A" CDL Air Brake, Tanker, and Hazardous Materials*) $11.72 $16.15/hr. Job descriptions @ w/application. Submit: HR, 205 Hanchey Rd Wauchula, FL 33873, Ph: (863) 773-2161. Positions open until filled. cl5:31c YOURTIREHEADQUARTERS 5101 N. Hwy 17 Bowling Green 375-4461New Tire Changer & Balancer Can Do 26 WheelsMONDAYSATURDAY8 am6 pm BOWLING GREEN QUICK LUBE& AUTO REPAIR Foreign and Domestic Cars Diesel Engines Gas or Diesel Manual or Automatic Transmissions TERRYMIKE Licensed and Insured Reg.# MV-40625 cl6:21tfc12 temporary farmworkers needed for common field labor in tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and squash in McDowell, and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina for Tehandon Contractors with work beginning on or about 07/06/2018 and ending on or about 10/20/2018. The job offered is for an experienced farmworker and requires minimum 1 month verifiable work experience in the crop activities listed. The minimum offered wage rate that workers will be paid is $11.46 per hour. Workers must commit to work the entire contract period. Workers are guaranteed work for 3/4 of the contract period, beginning with the first day the worker arrives at the place of employment. All work tools, supplies and equipment are provided at no cost to the worker. Housing will be provided to those workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each working day. Transportation and subsistence will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, to workers who are recruited outside the area of intended employment. Applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible legally to work in the United States. Applicants should report or send resumes to NCWorks Career Center Rutherford County, 223 Charlotte Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, (828) 286-3042, or the nearest local office of their State Workforce Agency, and ref erence job order #NC10861573. EOE. H-300-18128-587107. cl5:31cReyna Harvesting is hiring 26 farmworkers to harvest and pack watermelon in Worth County, GA for a temporary period from 06/26/2018 to 07/21/2018. The wages offered are the highest of $10.95/hr. or applicable piece rates. Prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Job is outdoors and continues in all types of weather. Work ers may be requested to submit to random drug or alcohol tests at no cost to the worker. Drug testing and background checks may occur during the interview process and will be conducted at the sole expense and discretion of the employer. Must be able to lift 50lbs. to shoulder height repetitively throughout the workday and able to lift and carry 50lbs. in field. Employer guarantees work will be available for at least threequarters of the period stated. Required tools supplies, and equipment will be provided at no cost to worker. Housing will be available for workers who cannot reasonably re turn home after each working day. Transportation and subsistence expenses will be provided, or reimbursed after 50% of the work contract is completed, if appropriate. Applicants should apply for the position at their local State Workforce Agency office. Job Order Number: GA2227856235. cl5:31pNOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTIONYou are hereby notified that Wauchula State Bank will sell the vehicle described below As Is to the highest bidder for cash, free of prior liens, to satisfy legal obligations.2013 Nissan Truck VIN#1N6AD0ER7DN763915Contact Shannon Hays for details at Wauchula State Bank 863-773-4151. The sale will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Wauchula State Bank parking lot located at 106 East Main Street, Wauchula, FL. cl5:24,31c B6 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018


THECLASSIFIEDS 6,000+ SF metal building. Located on southbound US Hwy 17. Corner lot with paved parking. Asking $275,000 Two 4.7+ ac parcels located in Lorida. One includes a 30x50 building and water holes. Call John Oneal for more infor mation. 1.19 ac metal warehouse with an office. 9,600 total square feet. Zoned A-1. Shallow well. $130,000 MAKE AN OFFER! VERY MOTI VATED SELLER! 40 acres Presently used for farming & has a well. $360,000 5 acres with a pond. Currently fenced & being used for cattle. $65,500 15 acres with 2 mobile homes Located in Ft Green Asking $800,000 5.43 ac vacant land in town on Florida Avenue South. Zoned C-1. $320,000 206 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873 Office (863)773-0060 Evening (863)781-1338 James V. See, Jr., Broker Justin SmithRealtor Associates Rick Knight ............... (863) 781-1396 Dusty Albritton ........... (863) 781-0161 Shane Conley ............. (863) 781-9664 Justin Smith ................ (863-781-3432 John ONeal ............... (863) 381-2535 Karen ONeal........... (863) 781-7633 cl5:31c Michelle Williamson Broker Everything We Touch Turns To $old West Grape Street, Bowling Green, FL 33834 JUST REDUCED ... SELLER IS MOTIVATED. NICE BUILDING LOT in Bowling Green, Florida. City utilities are available. 1007 E. Oak St. Arcadia, FL 614 Coolidge Ave NE, Lake Placid, FL 33852 DREAMER'S PARADISE! This 5.5 acre parcel is cleared and ready for your dream home. You will love that you can live in the country but only be minutes from town and shopping. This property is zoned for all of your agricultural needs, so bring your animals, plant your garden/farm, live off the land and even farm to table. The property does have paved road frontage and the owner is motivated to sell. Perfect place at the Perfect Price!cl5:31c 1625 Kazen Road, Wauchula, FL 33873 DREAMER'S PARADISE! This 5.5 acre parcel is cleared and ready for your dream home. You will love that you can live in the country but only be minutes from town and shopping. This property is zoned for all of your agricultural needs, so bring your animals, plant your garden/farm, live off the land and even farm to table. The property does have paved road frontage and the owner is motivated to sell. Perfect place at the Perfect Price! Brandi Long Real Estate Agent 863-990-7256 Erica Bautista Sales Associate 863-244-1957 $6,250 $10,000 $65,000 VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE Care offers a bereavement walkin support group for those that have experienced the loss of a love one. Beginning 9/2/16 every Friday at 1 p.m. in the VITAS office, 113 W. Main Street, Wauchula, 863-583-7100. 8:18tfc-dh DO YOU HAVE a problem with drugs? Narcotics Anonymous meets Monday, Thursday and Friday night 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Palmetto and 7th Ave., Wauchula. tfc-dh ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Grace Fel lowship Church, 131 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula. Bill 727-326-3816. tfc-dh Services *** NEED A WELL OR HAVE PUMP TROUBLE? CALL ULLRICHS PITCHER PUMP For complete well, sales, service and installation, call 863-773-6448. 7:18tfc THE WAUCHULA LIONS CLUB collects NOT broken prescrip tion eyeglasses, cases and sunglasses. Please drop off at 735 N. 6th Ave. tfc-dh IS ALCOHOL CAUSING a prob lem? Call Alcoholics Anony mous in Hardee county at 863-781-6414. Several weekly meetings. tfc-dh ATTENTION! State Statutes 489119 Section 5 Paragraph B and Hardee County Ordinance 87-09 Section 10 Paragraph D require all ads for any construction-related service to carry the con tractors licence number. tfc-dh Services WANTED A FULL-BLOODED Doberman Pinscher 2123 years old, female. 863-832-3318. 5:3-31p FRIDAY, SATURDAY, 8-1, 706 E. Palmetto, Wauchula. Tools, lots misc. 5:31p THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATUR DAY, 7-?, 1875 Dishong Road, Wauchula Hills. Everything! 5:31p ANGIES ATTIC THRIFT Store, 136 East Main Street, Bowling Green. Tuesday Friday, 10-5, Saturday, 9-3. Clothes, baby items, knick knacks, much more. Donations welcome. 863-7819148, 863-781-4447. 5:10-6:7p Yard Sales WantedHARDEECARCOMPANY(Across From First National Bank) B Bu uy y H He er r e e P P a ay y H He er r e e773-6667 cl5:25tfc Looking to sell, rent or hire? CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINE IS TUESDAY AT NOON Fort Meade, Florida 205 N. Charleston(863) 773-2530 (863) 285-8131VISITUS24 HOURSA NEW 2017 CHEVROLETCRUZ LTAuto, Air, PW/PLStk.#H161$17,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLETCOLORADOEXT. CABAir, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#J1239$24,995 NEW 2017 CHEVROLETCAMARO COUPEV6, Auto, Air, PW/PLStk.#H117$26,995 NEW 2017 CHEVROLETSILVERADODOUBLE CABAuto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#H1293$26,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLETEQUINOX LSAuto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#J1088$23,995 NEW 2018 CHEVROLETMALIBU LSAuto, Air, PW/PLStk.#J120$21,995 *All rebates and incentives assigned to dealer. APR is W.A.C. for up to 60 months. All prices are plus tax, tag and $249.90 dealer fee. Our selection of trucks, prices and customer service makes it worth the drive to Bob Elliotts Greenwood Chevrolet! We are here to handle all your GM Service, Parts and Body Shop needs. 5:31c Financing Available at Greenwood Chevrolet 2012 CHEVROLETVOLTLeather, Auto, Air, PW/PLStk.#F103A$15,995 2016 CHEVROLETSPARKAuto, AirStk.#H195A$10,995 2013 CHEVROLETSILVERADO 1500CREW CAB LT 4X4V8, Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#J109A$30,995 2012 JEEPPATRIOTAuto, Air, PW/PLStk.#J1047B$12,995 2016 ACURAMDXLeather, LoadedStk.#J1429A$29,995 2015 CHEVROLETSILVERADO 2500HD LTZ DBL CAB 4X4Dura Max Diesel, Alison Auto, Leather Interior, PW/PLStk.#K100A$45,995 2015 CHEVROLETSUBURBAN LTLeather, 3rd Row Seat, Dual Air, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#H1044B$38,995 2014 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 LT CREW CABV8, Auto, Air, PW/PL, Tilt/CruiseStk.#J1281A$28,995 2016 CHEVROLETSILVERADO LTZ3500 CREW CAB DUALLYDuramax Diesel, Allison Auto, Leather, SunroofStk.#J1538A$48,995 I have never elaborated about Johnny's inlaw other than he was a contractor. Be fore this he had been a lawyer. As city attorney many years ago he was cited for drunk driving, lost his driver's license then resorted to riding his lawn mower to and from his office. A few months later he was observed (by the same trooper) driving the mower in what he determined danger ously. Again he was charged driving a motor vehicle intox icated and jailed for driving on a revoked license. After get ting out of jail he was riding a horse on the street and treating it in an "abusive manner." A city officer decided to have a county officer stop him (the city officer was thinking he could lose his job if he stopped the city attorney). Sure enough, the lawyer was drunk and beating the horse with a clothes hangar. The city fired him, and the state bar eventually took his law license after being charged drunk three times before going to court on the first citation. His first job as contractor was Johnny's shack for Cindy. Half & Half ... No, I am not talking about a brand of smoking tobacco although I would like to have one of those telescoping tin cans to put matches in. I am talking about milk and cream, Half & Half. This is the real stuff to put on straw berries with sugar. I am an old country boy. We made our own half and half with plenty of sugar, more heavy on the cream half, maybe 75/25. It tasted better than the sweetened condensed milk or whipped cream from a pres sure can. At times it was great with hot biscuits for breakfast. Now back to the smoking tobacco can. When collapsed down to just half as tall, it fit perfect in my fishing tackle box and held matches or fish hooks. I sorted my hooks ac cording to size in case I lost one on a log or turtle. My neighbor would give me a dollar for each bonefish I caught. By bone I mean gar and other real boney fish that I did not eat. With farm labor being $3 per day I have made $5 or $6 just for a few hours of fishing. These cans held most any thing a young boy could find to fit in them marbles, crickets for bait (with holes for air of course). Barney was a "stay on the porch" type dog. For some rea son he would make an exception when it came to Johnny. This particular day Johnny came by to get me to go fishing or/and hunting. While we sat on the porch making our decision Barney got a keen interest in helping us make a choice, so to make it easy on him we got the fishing tackle. He could walk a road easier than the woods. About two miles down the road we encountered two animals we would much rather avoid, a Bramer bull and a wild boar. They were both on the road squared off to fight. They must be quick thinkers for they chose us to fight in stead of each other. Barney was the slowest but also the smallest. He got through the hogwire fence. They were not giving us time to even climb over the fence. As a result we were left with only one choice, find a low hanging limb if only we could run fast enough to stay out of reach. Johnny grabbed the first one, leaving me to stay ahead of two of the meanest animals around, 30 yards back but closing fast. I made it to a cross fence and bailed over headfirst. As I hit the ground, the bull hit the fence taking down three posts but getting a foot caught in the fence. The hog left, and I had time to recover and head for the road while the bull got himself loose, ending the conflict. After finding all our tackle we continued on to our fishing hole. As Seen From This SideBy Jerry Gray Wolf PhillipsWauchula GARDEN SALAD DRESSING A wonderful dressing that is loaded with taste and oh so great on those early spring greens from the garden. 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup Land O Lakes no-fat sour cream 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 2 tablespoons Oscar Mayer or Hormel Real Bacon Bits In a medium bowl, combine honey, Dijon mustard, sour cream and parsley flakes. Stir in bacon bits. Cover and re frigerate for at least 30 min utes. Makes 6 (2 tablespoon) servings.(c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.Comfort Foods Made Fast And HealthyBy Healthy Exchanges May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B7


5:24,31c Top 8 Movies 1. Deadpool 2 (R) Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds 2. Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Hemsworth 3. Book Club (PG-13) Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda 4. Life of the Party (PG-13) Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Ja cobs 5. Breaking In (PG-13) Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke 6. Show Dogs (PG) Alan Cumming, Natasha Lyonne 7. Overboard (PG-13) Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez 8. A Quiet Place (PG-13) Emily Blunt, John Krasinski (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. • It was computer guru Jef Raskin who made the follow ing sage observation: "Imagineif every Thursday your shoesexploded if you tied them theusual way. This happens to usall the time with computers,and nobody thinks of com plaining." • The Secret Service is well-known today as the pro tector of the U.S. president, soyou might be surprised to learnthat it was originally estab lished to fight counterfeit cur rency. • The world record for the most published works by a sin gle author is held by L. RonHubbard (who also, inciden tally, founded the Church ofScientology). His first workwas published in February1934, and his final work —number 1,084 — was pub lished in March 2006. • Doubtless you've heard of the Taj Mahal in India, but didyou know that there is a touristattraction in America that is sogrand it is popularly known asthe Taj Mahal of the West? In 1968, a group of Hare Krish nas founded the New Vrinda ban Community nearWheeling, West Virginia.Though they began on 100acres with no electricity orrunning water, the communitynow covers more than 1,200acres and features Prabhu pada's Palace of Gold, an or nate edifice of gold, marbleand hand-carved teakwood.The award-winning rose gar den alone is said to be worth atrip. • Those who study such things claim that in the wild,animals don't die of old age. • The town of Key Largo, Florida, did not exist beforethe 1948 film of that namestarring Humphrey Bogartmade it famous. • Due to a series of earth quakes in 1811 and 1812, theMississippi River ran back ward for a time. Thought for the Day: "To fall in love is to create a reli gion that has a fallible god." —Jorge Luis Borges (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange But True By Samantha Weaver B8 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018 Develop a family hurricane preparedness plan before anactual storm threatens yourarea. If your family hurricanepreparedness plan includesevacuation to a safer locationfor any of the reasons speci fied with in this web site, thenit is important to consider thefollowing points: If ordered to evacuate, do not wait or delay your depar ture. If possible, leave before local officials issue an evacu ation order for your area. Evena slight delay in starting yourevacuation will result in sig nificantly longer travel timesas traffic congestion worsens. Select an evacuation desti nation that is nearest to yourhome, preferably in the samecounty, or at least minimizethe distance over which youmust travel in order to reachyour intended shelter location. In choosing your destina tion, keep in mind that the ho tels and other shelteringoptions in most inland metro politan areas are likely to befilled very quickly in a large,multi-county hurricane evacu ation event. If you decide to evacuate to another county or region, beprepared to wait in traffic. The large number of people inthis state who must evacuateduring a hurricane will proba bly cause massive delays andmajor congestion along mostdesignated evacuation routes;the larger the storm, the greater the probability of traf fic jams and extended traveltimes. If possible, make arrange ments to stay with the friendor relative who resides closestto your home and who will nothave to evacuate. Discusswith your intended host thedetails of your family evacua tion plan well before the be ginning of the hurricaneseason. If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination dur ing an evacuation, make reser vations before you leave.Most hotel and motels will fillquickly once evacuationsbegin. The longer you wait tomake reservations, even if anofficial evacuation order hasnot been issued for your areaor county, the less likely youare to find hotel/motel roomvacancies, especially along in terstate highways and in majormetropolitan areas. If you are unable to stay with friends or family and nohotels/motels rooms are avail able, then as a last resort go toa shelter. Remember, sheltersare not designed for comfortand do not usually accept pets.Bring your DISASTER SUP PLY KIT with you to the shel ter. Make sure that you fill up your car with gas, before youleave.—Information provided byFlorida Division of Emer gency Management, Have A Place To Go 1. MATH: What is the square root of 25? 2. GEOGRAPHY: How many South American coun tries border Argentina? 3. SCIENCE: The conver sion of water vapor to liquid iscalled what? 4. MUSIC: Who com posed the opera "The Barberof Seville"? 5. ANATOMY: Where are the muscles called "lats" lo cated? 6. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of lionscalled? 7. PSYCHOLOGY: What is the fear experienced bysomeone suffering from ail urophobia? 8. AD SLOGANS: What breakfast cereal's ad slogan was, "They're GR-R-R-reat"? 9. FAMOUS QUOTA TIONS: What writer and ac tivist once said, "The oppositeof love is not hate, it's indiffer ence"? 10. MYTHOLOGY: Which Greek god is associatedwith winged sandals? ANSWERS 1. 52. Five: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay 3. Condensation4. Rossini5. Back6. A pride7. Fear of cats8. Kellogg's Frosted Flakes9. Elie Wiesel10. Hermes, messenger of the gods (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez The most important part of your hurricane plan is a Disas ter Supply Kit. This kit in cludes the basic life supportyou will need after a disaster.Prepare to be self-sufficient forat least 3 days to two weeks.Stock up today and replenishas necessary: • Cash (With no power, banks and ATMs may beclosed or empty, and checksand credit cards will not be ac cepted). • Change for pay phone• Two weeks supply of pre scription medicines • Two weeks supply of nonperishable/special dietaryfoods • Drinking water/containers (3 gallons per person) • Flashlights and 7 sets of batteries for each family mem ber • Portable radio and 7 sets of batteries • First aid kit including bandages, antiseptic, pain re liever, etc. • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen • Two coolers (one to keep food; one to go get ice) • Water purification kit (tablets, plain chlorine, or io dine) • Non-electric can opener• Extra batteries for camera, flashlights, radio, portable TV,and lamps, etc. • Toilet paper, paper towels, and pre-moistened towelettes. • Soap and antiseptic• Glass enclosed candles• Ice• Maps of the area with landmarks on it Babies: • Formula• Diapers• Bottles• Pacifiers• Powdered milk• Medications Pet Supplies: • Dry and canned food for two weeks • Water (1/2 gallon per day)• Litter box supplies• Traveling Cage• Leash and collar• Proof of inoculations Cooking: • Portable camp stove or grill • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid • Disposable eating uten sils, plates, and cups • Napkins and paper towels• Aluminum foil• Oven mitts Food : • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extrawater) • High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers,granola bars, trail mix • Vitamins• Foods for infants, elderly persons, or persons with spe cial dietary needs • Comfort/stress foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweet-ened cereals, lollipops, instantcoffee, and tea bags Important Family Documents: • Photo copies of prescrip tions • Proof of occupancy of res idence (utility bills) • Medical history or infor mation • Waterproof, portable con tainers for document storage • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, andbonds • Photo IDs, passports, so cial security cards, and immu nization records • Bank account numbers• Credit card account num bers and companies • Important telephone num bers for insurance companies,family members, etc. • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates) • Photocopies of credit and identification cards • Back-up disks of your home computer files • Photo or video pictures of property (Photographs will make it easier for your claimsadjuster to make an assessmentof what you may have lost dueto a disaster. Check with yourinsurance adjuster to see whatthey would prefer, photos orvideo.) Personal Sanitation: • Toilet paper• Soap and liquid detergent• Feminine supplies• Personal hygiene items• Plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitationuses) • Plastic bucket with tight lid • Disinfectant• Household chlorine bleach If you evacuate, you also should take: • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or air mattresses• Extra clothing, shoes, etc. • Eye glasses, canes, hear ing aids, and other medical de vices • Folding chairs, lawn chairs, or cots • Quiet games, books, play ing cards, and favorite toys forkids. Other Necessities: • Tools such as hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails,and saw • Trash bags (lots of them)• Cleaning supplies (mop, buckets, towels,and disinfec tant) • Plastic drop cloth• Mosquito netting• ABC rated fire extin guisher • Masking or duct tape• Outdoor extension cords• Plastic tarp —Information provided byU.S. Department of VeteransAffairs, Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit


Courthouse ReportCOUNTY COURT The following marriage li censes were issued recently in the office of the county court: Andrew George Ray, 58, Zolfo Springs, and Esperansa Vasquez Holmes, 64, Zolfo Springs. Melvin Wayne Carter Jr., 19, Wauchula, and Nicole Lynn Brown, 24, Zolfo Springs. Marvin Yovany Hernandez Elias, 31, Zolfo Springs, and Maria Lopez Santiago, 31, Zolfo Springs. Silvestre Marin Jr., 29, Wauchula, and Selina Luna Moreno, 26, Bowling Green. The following small claims cases were disposed of recently in county court: George Patterson vs. Mavis Davis, voluntary dismissal. Midland Funding vs. Misael Arana, voluntary dismissal. The following misde meanor cases were disposed of recently in county court: Timothy Daniel Cowart, battery and domestic battery, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return July 25. Cierra Jewel Lee, battery, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return June 27. Raydel Sanchez-Rodrigues, soliciting without registering, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return June 27. Cole Freeman Zengri, petit theft, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return June 27. Daryl Ray Hall, battery, completed pretrial diversion program, not prosecuted. Ashley Marie Moore, viola tion of city noise ordinance, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return June 27. Jonathan Morillo, com pleted pretrial diversion pro gram, not prosecuted. Caitlin Lachelle Dickey, resisting an officer without violence, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return July 25. David Arthur Blackney, failure to redeliver hired/leased property, time served (68 days), concurrent with felony sentence, $575 fines, costs and fees placed on lien. Andrea Lee Brody, posses sion of cannabis and posses sion of drug paraphernalia, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return June 27. Arthur D. Carpenter, do mestic battery and resisting ar rest without violence, transferred to pretrial diversion program, return July 25. Jesus Leon Enriquez, resist ing arrest without violence, probation six months, 25 hours community service, $525 fines, costs and fees; two counts criminal mischief, not prosecuted. Alan Hunter Harrison, possession of alcohol by a person under 21, $575 fines, costs and fees, including $100 to Wildlife Alert Fund; trespass, not prosecuted. Daniela Martinez, violation of a domestic violence injunction for protection, 45 days in jail with credit for time served, $575 fines, costs and fees placed on lien. Eric Daronne McClain, trespass, $625 fines, costs and fees. Jessica Harley White, carry ing a concealed weapon/elec tronic device and giving false information to law enforce ment, 60 days in jail with credit for time served, %575 fines, costs and fees placed on lien. CIRCUIT COURT The following civil actions were filed recently in the office of the circuit court: Stephanie Gayal Stanford and David Oliver Stanford Jr., divorce. Abigail Sanchez and the state Department of Revenue (DOR) vs. Juan Rico, petition for child support administra tive order. Chassyte Nykkollee Kelley and DOR vs. Craig Russell Carpenter, petition for child support administrative order. Margarita Hernandez and DOR vs. Mayra Elena Hernan dez, petition for child support. Armando Hernandez vs. Deborah G. Miller, damages auto negligence. The following decisions on civil cases pending in the cir cuit court were handed down recently by the circuit court judge: J&J Sports Productions Inc. vs. Tex-Mex Winghouse and others, default judgment. Willie James Robinson and Chiquita Bridette Daniels Robinson, divorce. Alex Andrew See and Jes sica Fay Powell See, divorce. Amy OBryan and John OBryan, order on civil con tempt. Luis Flores Castrejon and Aida Santibanez Gaspar, di vorce. Bank of America vs. Ruthie J.Garay, stipulation approved, case dismissed. Jerry Lee King and Jennifer Lynn Corbin, divorce. Arnold Lanier as Hardee County Sheriff vs. Fatema Mariner, order for custody of animals. The following felony criminal cases were disposed of recently by the circuit judge. Defendants have been adju dicated guilty unless noted otherwise. When adjudication is withheld, it is pending successful completion of pro bation. Sentences are pur suant to an investigative report by and the recom mendation of the state pro bation office and also state sentencing guidelines. Final discretion is left to the judge: Francisco Javier Martinez, possession of methamphetamine, transferred to drug pre trial diversion program, return June 26. Samuel Cruz Vazquez, pos session of methamphetamine and possession of drug para phernalia, transferred to drug pretrial diversion program, return July 10. Bradley Ryan Willis, violation of probation (original charge felony fleeing to avoid an officer), probation revoked, Florida State Prison one year one day, consecutive to all other sentences, $100 fee and outstanding fines, costs and fees placed on lien. Kody Wayne Pate, violation of probation (original charges leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and reckless driving with property damage), probation reinstated with condition of 15 days in jail, $200 fees and costs added to outstanding fines, costs and fees and converted to community service hours. Freddie Carlton, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug of fender probation 12 months; failure of registered owner to notify Department of Motor Vehicle of address change; possession of methamphetamine, not prosecuted. Trerika Lorraine Anderson, violation of probation (original charges grand theft, uttering a forged check and forgery), probation revoked, 10 months in jail with credit for time served, $450 fees and costs added to outstanding fines, costs and fees and placed on lien. Ronald Boyd, carrying a concealed weapon by a con victed felon, 364 days in jail with credit for time served, $1,300 fines, costs and fees placed on lien. Monica Marie Castillo, pos session of methamphetamine, adjudication withheld, and possession of drug paraphernalia, drug offender probation three years, $1,356 fines, costs and fees. Tonya M. Dawson, violation of probation (original charge possession of clon azepam), probation terminated unsuccessfully, outstanding fines, costs and fees placed on lien. Victoria Karleen Farrell, two counts possession of methamphetamine, adjudica tion withheld, drug offender probation five years, $1,480 fines, costs and fees; two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, time served. Josephine Gamez, unarmed burglary of a dwelling and criminal mischiefdamage to property, transferred to county misdemeanor court on June 20. Jose Alberto Garcia, viola tion of probation (original charge possession of methamphetamine), probation modi fied to drug offender probation with condition of 30 days in jail, $250 fees and costs added to outstanding fines, costs and fees. Joshua Jeremiah Jackson, violation of probation (original charge possession of methamphetamine), probation re voked, Florida State Prison four years, concurrent with Manatee County sentence, $350 fees and costs added to outstanding fines, costs and fees and placed on lien. Carolina Luna, two counts possession of methampheta mine, drug offender probation four years, license suspended one year, $1,468 fines, costs and fees; two counts posses sion of drug paraphernalia, time served. Collis Saymond Morris, criminal mischief and throw ing a deadly missile into an oc cupied dwelling, transferred to count misdemeanor court. Charity Lynn Webb, traf ficking in amphetamine/ methamphetamineamended to attempting trafficking in amphetamine/methamphetamine, community controlhouse arrest two years followed by drug offender pro bation three years, $1,470 fines, costs and fees; posses sion of drug paraphernalia, time served. The following real estate transactions of $10,000 or more were filed recently in the office of the clerk of court: 3B Housing to Christine Herrick and Tracy L. Gonza les, $59,000. Bank of New York Mellon as trustee vs. Mary Lynn Brown and others, certificate of title awarded to Staton Housing Inc. and Red Stag Capital, $30,000. Gerald A. and Barbara J. Mahoney to Margaret L. Bell, $205,000. Melvin H. and Marlene H. Taylor to David B. and Ashley J. Sconyers, $36,500. Betty Stahl and Richard Staggs to 3 B Housing, $36,000. Fidensio B. Castillo to David Castillo and Elaine Rivera-Castillo, $17,000. NOTICE TO CONTRACTORSFlorida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R77-R0 Sign Installation, Repair, Replacement and Pavement Markings Removal and Replacement District-Wide. Budget Amount: $410,800.00 Z1052-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Coun ties. Z1054-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1055-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Polk Counties. Z1057-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Generator Installation District-Wide. Z1058-R0 Pre-Event Traffic Signal Repair District-Wide. Z1059 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties. Z1061 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1062 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at or by calling (863) 5192559. 5:24,31cINVITATION TO BIDBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA WAUCHULA HILLS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PTF HEADWORKS IMPROVEMENTS Sealed BIDS will be received by the Board of Co. Commissioners, Hardee Co., hereinafter referred to as County, at: Hardee County Purchasing Dept. 205 Hanchey Road, Wauchula, FL 33873until 2:00PM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at which time they will be publicly opened by the Purchasing Director/designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on providing all materials, equipment and labor for the construction of the WAUCHULA HILLS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PTF HEADWORKS IMPROVEMENTS. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing all materials, equipment and labor necessary for installation of (1) one headworks in fluent bar screen, one small dumpster concrete slab and one large concrete slab both with 6-inch diameter gravity sewer drain line that will connect into the onsite gravity sewer collection system as per the plans and specs. Drawings, specs and other con tract documents may be examined at the Hardee County Purchasing Dept., 205 Hanchey Rd, Wauchula, FL 33873 or can be accessed at no cost for download by contacting Craig A. Smith & Assoc., at (561) 314-4445 x207 or All technical questions shall be addressed to Craig A. Smith & Assoc., Greg Giarratana, at (561)314-4445 x223 or Hardee County is an equal opportunity employer and is inviting MBE & WBE firms to bid on this project. BIDDERS shall confine their BIDS to the project in its entirety. Partial BIDS will not be considered. Each BIDDER shall submit with this BID evidence of entity licensed to perform the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed. BIDS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: BID WAUCHULA HILLS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PTF HEADWORKS IMPROVEMENTS. Each BID shall be accompanied by a certified check or by an acceptable (per the Department of Treasury, Circular 570) BID BOND in an amount equal to at least five percent of the amount of the BID payable to Hardee Co. BCC, as a guarantee that if the BID is accepted the BIDDER will execute the CONTRACT and file acceptable PER FORMANCE AND PAYMENT SURETY BONDS equal to one hundred percent of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the AWARD OF CONTRACT. No bidder may withdraw its BID for a period of ninety days after the date of Bid opening. Attention of Bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the Contract, Section 3, Segregated Facilities, Section 109 Exec. Order 11246, and all applicable laws and regulations of the Federal govt. and State of FL and bonding and insurance requirements. Bidders should note the required attachments and certifications to be executed and submitted with the Form of Bid Proposal. Hardee County reserves the right to: waive informalities and/or irregularities in any BID; delete any portion of the project; extend the project within the limits of the work involved which in its judgment is in the best interest of the County. Bids may be withdrawn prior to the date and time of bid opening. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bid(s) and may postpone the award of the Agreement for a period which shall not extend beyond sixty calendar days from the Bid opening date. Russell A. Melendy, Chairman 5:31cNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & INTENTION TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCEPLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held and thereafter Ordinance Number 2018-06 will be presented to the City Commission for adoption upon the second reading at City Hall, 225 East Main Street, Wauchula, Florida 33873, on the 11th day of June 2018, at 6:00 P.M., or as soon thereafter as it reasonably can be held. A copy of the proposed Ordinance can be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, 126 South Seventh Avenue, Wauchula, Florida 33873. Any person may ap pear and be heard with respect to the proposed Ordinance. The proposed Ordi nance is entitled as follows: ORDINANCE 2018-06 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, FLORIDA; RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA; PROVIDING FOR A PURPOSE AND INTENT; MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; EXTENDING THE MORATORIUM UNTIL JULY 1, 2019, PROHIBITING THE OPERATION OF ANY MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES WITHIN THE CITY OF WAUCHULA, OR THE ISSUANCE OF BUSINESS TAX RECEIPTS, DEVELOPMENT ORDERS OR PERMITS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE CITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AND ENACT REGULATIONS GOVERNING SAID ACTIVITIES; PROVIDING FOR VESTED RIGHTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR NON-CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR IN EFFECTIVE DATE. Pursuant to Section 286.0107, Florida Statutes, as amended, the City Commission hereby advises that if any interested person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at the proceedings, he will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. The City Commission of the City of Wauchula, Florida does not discriminate upon the basis of any individuals disability status. This non-discriminatory policy involves every aspect of the Commissions functions, including ones access to, participation, employment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the City Clerk at (863) 773-3131. s/Holly Smith HOLLY SMITH, City Clerk City of Wauchula Thomas A. Cloud 301 East Pine Street, Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801 Attorney for the City of Wauchula 5:31cNOTICE The regular meeting of the Hardee County School Board scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018 has been changed to Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the School Board Meeting Room, 230 South Florida Avenue Wauchula, Florida. 5:31c Help A Child1-800-422-4453 May 31, 2018, The Herald-Advocate B9


FUN TIME COURTESY PHOTO Teachers took the bruntof the end-of-the-year cel ebration at Zolfo SpringsElementary. In top photo,a teacher kisses a goat asits holder can’t help smil ing; in middle photo, thisteacher is one of many totake a pie in the face; andin bottom photo, ateacher does her best toenjoy being taped to apole. 5:31c NO MORE SCHOOL COURTESY PHOTO The Parent-Teacher Organization at Zolfo Springs Elementary School hosted snacktime of pickles, sno cones and popsicles for students to celebrate the end of theschool year. HAVING A BALL! COURTESY PHOTO Continuing their yearly tradition, the Bowling Green Elementary faculty and stafftook on the fifth-grade students in a friendly game of kickball. After a close game,the students took the victory, 20-18! Everyone had a great time. Encourage your children tomake reading the newspapera part of their everydayroutine for lifelong learning.Newspapers are livingtextbooks, helping studentsdevelop reading, math, socialstudies and language skillswhile exploring the issuesaffecting our world today. Herald-Advocate Printers & Publishers The P.O. Box 338 • 115 S. 7th Ave., Wauchula, FL 33873 (863) 773-3255 B10 The Herald-Advocate, May 31, 2018

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